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JAN. 18, 2018 – Given that the South City girls’ soccer team dominated the rain-soaked game against Hillsdale, it was only fitting that the Warriors took an important win on Thursday night.
But the fact that South City took a bit of luck – good or bad, whichever side you chose – to get the 4-3 win shows how insane the game can be.
And it wasn’t what you’re probably thinking. Despite a steady drizzle throughout the game, varying in intensity, it wasn’t a crazy water-guided jump or an unexpected jump off the grass because of the wet artificial turf at Clifford Field on the South City campus.
South City’s ultimate goal was the result of hard work. Alex Jara, a second midfielder, ran onto a through pass in the direction of the right corner flag. She carried the ball to the end line before sending a cross in front of Hillsdale gate. A South City striker and Knights defender fell shoulder to shoulder on goal. Hillsdale defender attempted a risky clearance only to get in the back of her own net 11 minutes before the game was over.
It was the perfect example of hard work that made its own happiness. The warriors dominated possession and had by far the most dangerous chances. South City had a 14-6 lead on shots, nine of which were in the picture.
“My player was there (in front of goal),” said South City coach Salvador Navarro. “If she (the Hillsdale attorney) doesn’t use it, my girl was there.”
Jara had a big game for the Warriors, scoring two goals, assisting in a third and creating the own goal.
This closing balance was an exciting game in which the teams scored six goals in the first half. It was a pivotal win for the Warriors, who finished second in the Ocean Division of the Peninsula Athletic League on their own. Both South City (5-2 PAL Ocean) and Hillsdale (4-3) came in second, trying to keep up with Sequoia in first place (5-1 went into Half Moon Bay with 0-6 on Thursday Game). .
“I am fine [the loss]”Said Hillsdale trainer Rachel Lauderdale.” Given how wet it is, I’m fine [the result]. If they played like that when it was dry, that would be different. “
Although Hillsdale had to watch and defend most of the game, he took advantage of his opportunities. The Knights managed six shots on goal, half of which found the back of the net.
“Every time they had a chance they scored,” Navarro said of the Knights.
Hillsdale’s first chance came in the fourth minute and the Knights converted. The freshman wing Aaliyah Schinaman received a pass on the right flank and ran down the sideline for a long time. Before reaching the end line, she sent a flank to the front of the gate, where the South City goalkeeper got her hands on it.
But as it did with the slippery ball for both goalkeepers for most of the day, South City couldn’t correct it, and a ricochet trickled out in front of her – where freshman striker Kathleen Siu quickly put it in the net and Hillsdale with 1 : 0 brought the lead.
It was a short-lived benefit, however, when South City missed the subsequent kick-off and scored about a minute later. Jara received a pass in the top of the box, turned and equalized.
South City would keep the pressure up, with Jara dominating upstairs, receiving passes, turning and running past defenders, either shooting dangerous shots or making dangerous crosses.
And despite the Warriors’ strong possession game, they didn’t seem as affected by the wet field as Hillsdale. “We practice a lot of one-and-two-touch in training,” said Navarro. Hillsdale regained the lead in the 17th minute and scored his second goal with as many shots.
Second defensive midfielder Ekaterini Economou rose in the defensive half, came on a steal and pushed forward. In midfield, she sent a long diagonal pass to the right wing, which Shinaman chased for a long time. She gained possession of the ball, threw herself into goal and shot a perfectly placed shot into the left corner of the net to give Hillsdale a 2-1 advantage.
The warriors came back and tied it 2-0 in the 28th minute. Jara intercepted a Hillsdale pass deep in his own end. She then went around two defenders, carried to the finish line, and sent a cross back to the front of the gate, where Fernanda Ramirez waited and once fired a diverted shot into the net.
Twelve minutes before the end of the first half there was enough time for two more goals. Hillsdale took a 3-2 lead less than five minutes later. Shinaman, who fell back on the left full-back to slow Jara, won a ball on her defense and immediately sent second striker Alyssa Nicole Cano to a 1-1 breakaway. She calmly and skillfully beat the attacking goalkeeper on the far right.
Another five minutes later, the game was tied for the third time in the half. The Warriors received a free kick near midfield. Ariana Garcia found Jara with her back to the goal up in the Hillsdale penalty area. She turned and reconsidered her shot from 20 yards to end half-time in a 3-0 draw.
In the second half, Hillsdale made a formation adjustment to help the Knights better cope with the dominance in the South City midfield. It helped slow down the Warriors, who managed just four shots after firing 10 in the first 40 minutes.
“We switched from a 4-4-2 to a 4-5-1 (by throwing an extra player in midfield) to improve a little more (defensively),” said Lauderdale.
The starting goal came with 11 minutes of play time and the Knights exerted the most consistent offensive pressure in the game to find the balance. Shinaman looked good a few times in the last few minutes – but her first shot was saved and her second chance rolled off her foot as space opened in the South City penalty area.
“It was intense,” said Jara. “[The game] went back and forth, but we kept pushing for victory. “