April 6, 2021

EASTVALE:  Eleanor Roosevelt High School fields quality athletic teams across the board and their girls soccer program is no exception.

King coach Dave Smith knew that … so too did his players … as they drove north on the 15 and prepared to do battle.

And battle they did. The two squads dueled and King came away the winner, 1-0.

“It was another great effort by every girl on the team” Smith said.  “We played a team who was ranked #1 in division 2 by maxpreps on the road and even though we were under tremendous pressure throughout the game, we were able to shutout another opponent.”  King has a string now of several games where “nil” describes the other team’s final score.

The first half of this game saw Roosevelt dominate for large stretches. The half ended 0-0 due to the great heart of the King girls and their team defense.  Smith had challenged his midfielders to control the middle of the field as that has been a strength of Roosevelt’s game.  They did just that which set up an opportunity for a sliver of offensive light to shine through.

In the 60th minute of the game, Freshman Brianna Nesser received the ball off of a corner kick and found an open Kylie Tusant on the back post. Kylie converted the pass into the deciding goal. King held on for a frantic last 30 minutes of the game as Roosevelt committed all of their players on the attack.

What stuck out is that despite the final score, Roosevelt out shot King 12-2 for the game.

Kyra Murphy (Jr) was excited after the win.  “I am super proud of the way everyone fought and competed today,” she said, “Our goalies really showed up and made some big time saves! With this adding another win and shutout, I’m excited about moving forward the rest of the season”

Smith was happy too, especially with how well the girls continue to work together and make adjustments when they are not playing their best.  “We played a much more controlled and patient second half and it created several scoring opportunities which fortunately we were able to take advantage of” he said.

King may have been outshot by the Mustangs, but they were not outscored, and in the end, that’s all that matters.