EASTVALE: On the road against Roosevelt, the girls soccer team played a tough game and came away with a 1-2 loss against their league rival.
Roosevelt opened the scoring off of a corner kick 18 minutes into the game. King’s goalie Carlie Quiroz made several excellent saves to keep the score 1-0 at half. Head Coach Dave Smith describe the first half play of the Wolves as “flat”
The halftime conversation revealed that the Wolves had a passion for the win, and they were able to enter the second half with an intensity that tied the scored.
“We were able to equalize the score thanks to a great pass from Kaylee Hauck that found Samantha Patton on the left side of the box” Smith said.
Samantha’s shot was partially deflected by the Roosevelt goalie but was netted by senior Kennedy Hackbarth to even the score.
Unfortunately for King, a defensive breakdown in the 63rd minute allowed Roosevelt to score the game winner.
“Mentally and emotionally we were not ready. As a coach, it falls on me to make sure we are prepared in all facets of the game. I feel I let them down by not having them ready for such a big game” Smith lamented.
The lesson learned is that in order to compete in a league as talented as the Big 8, every team will need to bring intensity from the start to the finishing whistle. King wasn’t able to do that on Wednesday and it showed in the score.
“We just need to continue working together on the field and being the team that brings the most energy and passion to the game. With three games left, we need to focus on what we do best and continue to grow together as our league play comes to an end” Smith commented.
King’s record is 13-4-6 (3-3-1)