Winners of six of their first seven contests of the 2019 season, Green Mountain had their hot start dragged to a halt April 5 at Holy Family in a fiery, competitive affair. As both teams displayed …
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Winners of six of their first seven contests of the 2019 season, Green Mountain had their hot start dragged to a halt April 5 at Holy Family in a fiery, competitive affair. As both teams displayed constant aggressiveness throughout, a penalty kick in the 51st minute proved the difference in the 1-0 Lady Tigers’ win.
Coming out quickly, HF controlled the time of possession the first 15 minutes. Offensive pressure from seniors Nicolette Sandoval and Bailey Sloan, junior Jules Geneser and sophomore Jaelen Giron strained the Lady Rams’ back-end. Despite the persistent pressure, HF couldn’t find the back of the net.
“A lot of our players are very versatile,” Holy Family coach Michelle Griego-Giron said. “It gives us a lot of flexibility, so we are very fortunate in that regard. They definitely step up when we need them to.”
Green Mountain finally began to threaten the Lady Tigers’ defense from the 18th to 22nd-minute mark with two of their three first-half shot attempts coming in this time frame. Jump-starting the offensive attack again for Holy Family, Sloan’s activity the next 10 minutes put momentum back on the home team’s side. Despite no goals at the break, Holy Family didn’t waste much time in the second half to take the lead.
Off of a handball from a Green Mountain player in the goalie box, the Lady Tigers had their best chance, and they didn’t let the moment slip away. Stepping up and calmly knocking down the shot, Sandoval placed the ball in the back of the net with 29:14 remaining. It’s all the Tigers needed.
“It was definitely a more physical game, especially early in the season. I think the girls handled themselves well considering it was the last game of the week of three. Definitely tough, but they played well,” Griego-Giron said.
Taking their third win in four tries, Griego-Giron understands the road ahead with three games a week the majority of the season will be a challenge. But with her talented group, she likes her team’s chances moving forward.
“I think it is a good game to build off of since we just came off of a loss from Silver Creek. We always take a look at the film and what we did well. Obviously, there are things we have to fix, especially offensively. But I think overall we are heading in the right direction for sure.”
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