By Chloe Rusconi Posted November 21, 2008
In terms of the league standings, this game would have no effect since the girls were already going to zone. But to Lowry’s soccer players it meant a lot. Zone was just a couple of days away and the girls wanted to keep their winning streak.
Hannah Hammon said, “This game does matter.”
At the start of the game, Sparks dominated the ball, with most of the play taking place in Lowry’s end of the field. In the 21st minute of the game, Sparks scored the first goal.
On a play that typified the intense game, Miranda Buttram received a yellow card for tripping minutes before the end of the first half. Fortunately for Lowry, Sophie Kristof tied the game in the 39th minute of the first half.
At halftime Lowry principal Mrs. Debbie Watts announced the seniors since it was their last home game. As they were escorted by their parents to the middle of the field, they were all smiles.
At the start of the second half, the Lady Bucks forgot the happiness of the halftime ceremonies and the intensity returned. Lowry controlled the ball for much of the second half but the Railroaders were able to take the lead when they stole the ball and scored.
The tension was obvious with all the pressure on Lowry to score. Mario Perez, the assistant coach, told Abbey Haaglund that this was her time to score. After a couple of missed shots, she pulled it off in the 80th minute to tie the score, 2-2. The game went into overtime but ended in a tie.
Perez said, “The girls need to disregard the name of the other team so they will have more confidence at zone.” He also said that they feel discouraged when they hear names like Tahoe.
“I think we will do well in zone, I’m pretty confident,” said goalkeeper Suzy Jones.