Girls soccer: Trojans fight to 2-2 draw with Jordan
BY DOUG WOLTER firstname.lastname@example.org WORTHINGTON -- It was just a tie. But, no, it wasn't just a tie for the Worthington Trojans girls soccer team Thursday night. The Trojans, who entered Thursday's game with a 0-12 record while being outscored 114 ...
BY DOUG WOLTER
WORTHINGTON -- It was just a tie.
But, no, it wasn’t just a tie for the Worthington Trojans girls soccer team Thursday night. The Trojans, who entered Thursday’s game with a 0-12 record while being outscored 114 goals to 2, fought to a valiant 2-2 draw with the Jordan Jaguars at Trojan Field.
The Trojans scored first and went into halftime tied 1-1. They scored the first goal of the second half at the 7:54 mark and an excited fan base on Parents’ Night had reason to believe that the local girls -- anticipating well and fighting hard for every loose ball -- might be able to hold on.
Less than two minutes after taking the second-half lead, WHS surrendered a game-tying goal to the Jaguars. But after two scoreless 5-minute overtime periods, they bounded off the field as excited as if they had won the game outright.
“Little by little, we’ll get there,” said sophomore midfielder Yesena Cruz, who scored the home team’s first goal.
“We stayed positive,” said sophomore Ariel Reveles, who scored the second goal.
Jordan entered the Thursday’s game with a 4-8-1 record; not outstanding, but the Jags were clear favorites against the winless Trojans. Worthington, however, had the best shot on goal in the early-going. With 22:10 remaining in the first half, a well-struck shot attempt sailed over the Jordan goalkeeper’s head and hit the crossbar square.
Finally, at 14:45 Cruz buried a point-blank shot in front of the net after receiving a nifty pass from teammate Saleen Thepmontry. It was 1-0.
The lead was short-lived, however, as at 12:39 Jordan’s Josie Gray unleashed a free kick from about 30 yards out that sailed past the Worthington defenders bunched up near the goal. It trickled past goalkeeper Emme Schmitz into the lower left corner and the match was deadlocked at 1-1.
Worthington came out in the second half even more aggressive than in the first, putting up an especially good fight in 1-on-1 ball control situations. Reveles got her goal on a nicely-lofted shot over the goalkeeper which landed softly in the right side of the net.
Alas, the Trojans had very little time to enjoy their lead. At 6:05, Jordan’s Madalyn McGarry tied it with a shot about 30 feet away.
The first overtime period was evenly played. Jordan put pressure on Worthington early in the second overtime period, but the Trojans hung on. As time elapsed the Jags had another good chance go awry on a breakaway as time elapsed.
It was an exciting game for the Trojans, and an impressive turnaround from Tuesday’s game with Waseca that ended in a 14-0 loss.
“That was intense,” gushed head coach Emily Ahlquist. “It’s sure nice getting the fans excited and getting the girls encouraged, too.”
Prior to the contest, Ahlquist preached two solid halves of hard-nosed action to her players.
“All season, we lost in the first half. And the second half we did pretty good. All we’ve said was, ‘You gotta play hard for 80 minutes.’ We knew we wouldn’t get blown out. So we told the girls you gotta play hard for 80 minutes, and we gotta get to the ball first. … They played strong the whole game,” she said.
Cruz’s goal was her first of the season. Reveles’ goal was the third of her career.
“I just had a feeling. Just go for it. I just couldn’t believe I scored the goal,” said Reveles about her successful shot.
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