Girls Varsity Soccer
Game Summaries & Headlines.
Do you really want to know what it was like at Eagles Stadium last night for the girls soccer match between Forge and the unbeaten Panthers of Massaponax? In a word….miserable!
The Eagles (2-2-1) hosted the Panthers on Tuesday night and at the start it was just a steady wet track with rain pelting the players as they tried to make the best of conditions that were more suited for a duck pond then a soccer pitch. The rain early had many of the huddled fans in the bleachers commenting to their family members how cold and damp it was. There was probably more than one mom in attendance thinking midway through the first half, “if my daughter had joined the orchestra, I’d be warm and dry right now”.
But this is futbol, and as many fans know, we PLAY when it rains when it comes to futbol/football! Both teams traded chances in the first 20 minutes of this one as the clubs adjusted to the elements while keeping an eye on what the opponent would do under the conditions. Senior striker Leah Brodie had the first solid chance for the home team, releasing a sliding shot toward the top corner of the net 9:32 into the game but the shot sailed wide left of the corner. The Panthers had their first corner at the 12:34 mark but junior goal keeper Elena Beasley ripped it out of the air to make the save and keep the game scoreless.
The Forge started to get a little sloppy with its passes some 15 minutes later and it ended them costing them the first goal of the game. A shot off the right foot of senior midfielder Grace Everts, assisted by senior Panther forward Tomona Mims from long range. When the ball passed the ear of Beasley and nestled into the back of the net, every player in an Eagle uniform reacted like….”what just happened?”, as the Panthers took a 1-0 lead with 12:05 left in the first half.
Speaking of reactions, the Panthers had a similar experience at the very end of the first half. The clock was winding down and when the scoreboard clock hit 0:00, the Panthers stopped playing, thinking the half had ended. To quote the famous Mr. Rodney Jones, “NOT SO FAST MY FRIEND”. The Eagles Jillian McDonald ripped a shot off the outstretched hands of Panther goalie Autumn Delellis into the top of the twine to knot up the contest at 1-1 at halftime. The Forge players jogged to the locker room arms raised in celebration, while Panther Coach Tim Fetner (arms outstretched) tried to determine why his troops quit on the play.
The second half started with the Eagles pressuring the Panther zone but the attempts were off target in part to the poor field conditions where the footing was suspect at best. The home team continued to get the better of the play territorially but could not get a shot past Delellis for a game winner. Massaponax had only two real scoring chances in the second half, a corner that was cleared out of harm’s way by goalie Sydney Pincumbe and an odd man rush with 3:20 left in regulation that was ruled off sides, sending the contest to OVERTIME!
In the first overtime, both teams had quality scoring chances but were denied by the goaltenders. The Forge went on a bit of a run late when a scramble in front was shot wide left of the cage and in the final minute McDonald had a victory on her foot but fired the shot over the crossbar. The second overtime could not produce any real scoring chances as both teams looked wet, tired, and ready for this one to end.
The best thing about this contest for the Eagles is they don’t have any time to think about what could have been in this one. They get on a bus on Wednesday night and travel to Riverbend to battle the Bears in a game that was postponed last week by rain. With rain again in the forecast for Wednesday evening….may not be a great night for BEAR HUNTING!