By Lauren Towne
On thursday night, the Falcons Women’s soccer team had their fifth league match of the season as they took on the Vista del Lago Eagles at Hughes Stadium. The first half of the match was back and forth with both teams quickly attacking each other however neither team could get the ball to the back of the net. The Falcons we able to keep the Eagles from scoring with strong and smart plays by center backs Ainsley Carroll ‘20 and Mariah Hudnunt ‘20. The Falcons started to get momentum at the end of the first half, but the match remained scoreless going into half.
During the second half of the game, the Falcons brought high energy and intensity on the pitch, leading to them dominating possession. Unfortunately, Vista had some quick counters in the short time they had the ball, which resulted in them scoring off of a defensive error in the last three minutes of the game.
The Falcons did not give up though. In the last minutes of the game, they attacked Vista’s half of the field, leading to the Falcons being awarded a corner kick with a minute left. With all Falcons on the field desperate to score on their last opportunity, corner kick taker Sara Cruz ‘20 bent a beautiful untouched ball into the upper right had corner of the goal to tie the game. Moments after Cruz scored, the referee blew blew the whistle with the final score of the game ending at 1-1.
When asked about the importance of the match against Vista and how it felt to score the winning goal Cruz passionately said, “Vista Del Lago was one of our hardest competitors in league so getting a good result was super important for us so we won’t have problems later during season. It was a super unexpected goal to be honest. I knew it was a reach to go for the shot but I was so happy I went for it. When my teammates ran up to me to celebrate I realized it actually did go in. It’s a great feeling to score a goal like that.”
The 3-1-1 Lady Falcons will travel to Del Campo Tuesday for their sixth league game.