It was yet another action packed week for the Islanders Girls Soccer team. Though the team was able to pick up one win versus Valhalla, their second game of the week was a rather frustrating tie.
For their first match, the Islanders simply outclassed the visiting Norsemen of Valhalla in their 4-0 victory on Tuesday night. From the opening whistle, it was easy to tell that the Islanders were going to be controlling the game from wire to wire as in the first 9 minutes alone the Islanders fired three shots on goal, one each from Ella Oden, Riley McGrath, and Samantha Christie.
Coronado wouldn’t be held off the scoreboard for long though, as in the 17th minute Xiomara McKenna would send in a fine low cross to Katelyn McGrath who would promptly send it into the back of the Valhalla net to give Coronado the early 1-0 advantage.
The goal from McGrath would be the Islanders only score in the first half, thanks in large part to a tremendous effort from the Valhalla keeper.
But her effort could only hold the dam for so long. In the 47th minute (beginning of the second half), Coronado would cash in for their second goal of the night thanks to a herculean-like throw-in from Emily Kutie that would bounce off a Norsemen defender into the back of the net for an own goal, making it a 2-0 Islander lead.
Over the final 30 minutes of the half, the Islanders would just pepper shots at the Valhalla goal, with most of them coming off the thunderous right foot of Katelyn McGrath. Not only would she tally three shots on goal in the half, but she would also find the back of the net two more times to give herself the hat trick.
Equally impressive was also the fact that each of the three goals was assisted by McKenna as the duo was a nightmare all night for Valhalla. While the offense was probably caught the eyes of most fans in attendance, it again should be noted just how dominant the Islander’s defense was.
For the fourth time this year, the Islander defense was simply lights out. Whether it was Zoe Searles, Ava Worthy, Giana Quijano, or Lana Allari-Smith all the Islander defenders shut down any attacks or potentially dangerous shots from every occurring. A true masterclass in defending.
With their dominant defense, the Islanders easily closed out the match and secured the 4-0 victory.
While the first match of the week was marked by Islanders dominance, the second would be marked by frustration in their 0-0 tie versus Classical Academy.
In all phases the Islanders dominated Classical. They controlled possession, put the clamps on their attacks, and generated plenty of quality looks at goal. On the night, the Islanders fired off an impressive 16 shots, 11 of which were on goal. That’s a remarkable 68.75 OG percentage, and somehow not a single of those shots found the back of the net. Just unbelievably back luck. For comparison, Classical only had two shots on goal all night.
The Lady Islanders will return to the pitch this week to take on Otay Ranch at home on Tuesday, Dec.14, at 6 p.m. and then travel across the bridge to face the Cavers of San Diego High School on Thursday, Dec. 16, also at 6 p.m.