The Islanders Women’s Soccer team looked to make it three in a row last night when they faced off against the Patriots of Christian High School. It was rather clear that the visiting Patriots would give the Islanders their toughest test of this early season.
The Islanders would start the game in a similar fashion to their first two matches this season, with tempo and control. It would only take a matter of minutes until the Islanders would record two shots on goal, one from Giana Quijano and the other from the right foot of Ella Oden. Both however would be saved by the Christian Keeper.
Later in the first the Patriots would be able to generate their opportunities, with two early shots on goal themselves, but they would both saved by Senior Keeper Cadence Palmer. Those first two opportunities would be the only of the first half as the Islander defense would clamp tight on the Patriots thanks to outstanding play from Ava Worthy (who was also a key contributor on the attack for the Islanders), Jocelyn Jenkins, Alexis Hammond and Zoe Searles. They, along with their other Islander teammates would blank Christian in the first half.
While the defense did their part, the Islanders offense looked to get on the board, and with 10:07 left in the half they would find their goal. Following a steal by Riley McGrath, she would pass to Ella Oden who would unleash a bomb from 27-yards outside the box that would go over the keeper’s head. Making it a 1-0 Islanders lead and pushing them ahead at the half.
While the first half was controlled by the Islanders, the same could not be said for the second half of Tuesday nights contest. For the first 30 minutes of the half it felt as if the Islanders were only playing defense as the Patriots constantly pressed the Islanders goal. But the Islanders defense wouldn’t blink. The back line of the Islanders defense put on a masterclass as they constantly won contested headers and had a number of great clearances to keep the Islanders up 1-0 with. Perhaps the finest effort from the Islander defenders came from Lindsey Balsley. The sophomore routinely won headers and cleared multiple crossed into the box.
However, the Islanders defense could only hold out so long, as with 12 minutes to go in the second half, the Patriots would equalize on a second chance shot, leveling the game at 1-1.
Down the final seven minutes of the game the both teams would fire off a few shots on goal, but it would ultimately be the Patriots who would find a the game winning goal with just a minute left to play. Giving the Patriots the 2-1 victory and dropping the Islanders to 2-1 on the young season.
The Islanders will look to bounce back quickly when they return to action this Thursday December 2nd when they take on Mater Dei High School.