Another game and yet another test for the 2021 Islanders Girls Soccer team. After dropping a heartbreak to Christian on Monday, the Lady Islanders looked to bounce back against Mater Dei, another tough Division I opponent.
Thursday’s Game in some ways mirrored the end of Monday’s loss, and not in a good way.
For much of the early minutes of the first half the Islanders were back on their heels, but thanks to some outstanding wing and defensive play from Ava Worthy, Zoe Searles, and Giana Quijano, the Islanders were able to keep the game level at 0-0.
But after the slow start, the Islander’s attack would start to show signs of life. A big reason for that boost was the return of Xiomara McKenna to the starting 11, who’s burner speed helps opens a number of opportunities. The combo of McKenna and Katelyn McGrath would begin to generate chances for the Islanders in the form of three shots on goal and a handful of corner kicks.
It should be noted that for much of the first half it was truly a fine display of soccer from both teams, as both the Islanders and Mater Dei showcased their crisp passing and attention to detail, and it was such a big reason why the game was so closely contested.
But while the opportunities were there, the Islanders were unable to convert, thus keeping the game a 0-0 heading to the half.
When the Lady Islanders would return to the pitch in the second half, it would again be the defense that would set the tone. As Worthy would continue to dominate at right center back, shutting down any cross opportunities, in goal Olivia Schoettke would make a pair of nice saves to again keep the game tied at 0-0.
Coronado would quickly respond with some strong shots of their own, as both Ella Oden and McGrath would fire off strong shots on goal, that would both, unfortunately, be saved by Mater Dei.
The Islanders would have two more looks on goal in the final two minutes of stoppage time, but both would somehow be stopped by Mater Dei defenders who were covering for their goalie who was way off her line. Keeping the game stalemated at 0-0, in what would prove to be the final score.
While draws are never the goal, it was a result that the Islanders should be content with as Mater Dei play the Islanders extremely well.
Coronado will look to get back in the win column this week in their two upcoming matches versus Valhalla on Tuesday, Dec 7 at 6 p.m., and Classic Academy on Thursday, Dec.9 at 6 p.m.