After a long string of away games, the Varsity Girls Soccer team returned home to Gainey on Monday evening to face off against the South Christian Sailors. South Christian entered the game undefeated on the season and held a 1-game lead in the conference on the Eagles.
The Eagles were ready to avenge their only conference loss of the season in front of a strong home crowd and came out with their trademark high-pressure play. With Junior Rory Pruis returning from injury to anchor the defense, the Eagles possessed the ball confidently, mounting strong attacks down the wings, creating good scoring opportunities. The battle continued back and forth throughout the first half with neither team finding a way to get the ball into the opponent’s net.
The second-half picked-up where the first-half left off with the intensity of the match growing as the clock ticked. 10-minutes into the 2nd half, freshman Liv Brunink checked back to win the ball near midfield, dribbled through three sailor defenders and launched a shot on goal from 25-yards. The shot sailed over the head of the South Christian goalkeeper and broke the deadlock for a 1-0 Eagles lead.
The Eagles continued to possess the ball well while the Sailors used the long-ball in an attempt to counter-attack and level the match. A great defensive effort from the Eagles was able to thwart the counter offensives and see the Eagles walk away with a hard-fought victory that brought them into a tie for 1st place in the conference with the Sailors.
After handshakes, both teams gathered at midfield, held hand and gave thanks for the opportunity to play a game they love and complete with each other, topping off a special night.
The Eagles have a short turn-around, facing Thornapple-Kellogg at Gainey at 4:30 pm on Wednesday.