A tall task
The Nevada Union girls soccer team knew it was in for a challenge Monday afternoon when it welcomed Granite Bay to town. Entering the game, the Grizzlies had lost just one contest in the Metro League while tying another.
Not surrendering easily, the Miners took a 1-1 tie into the halftime before giving up two second-half goals to lose by a final of 3-1.
And according to Nevada Union coach Mike Voss, his team’s goal, scored by senior forward Erica Goode, was the only goal the Miners have scored on the Grizzlies in three years.
“Unfortunately, we’ve had a lot of 3-1 and 2-1 games this year in which we’ve played hard, but haven’t gotten the result we wanted,” Voss said.
“But we played some respectable soccer today against a whole herd of class one players.”
Nevada Union controlled the early portion of the game, but its efforts were slightly deflated when Granite Bay freshman Alexis Knudtson chipped in a long shot over the head of Miner keeper Ariane Turner from about 18 yards out. Knudtson’s goal, which seemed to catch both teams off guard, came 9 minutes into the game.
Goode scored the equalizer 34 minutes into the first half. After taking a cross up the right sideline into the center of the box, she charged toward the goal with a defender on her hip. A collision with the two players and the goalie forced the ball toward the left side of the goal with Goode freeing herself to punch the ball home for a goal.
However, five minutes into the second half Knudtson was at it again, this time via a breakaway, beating Turner to the back of the net.
From that point on, Nevada Union’s offensive chances were few and far between with Granite Bay playing primarily offense that second half.
Granite Bay added its third goal with just four minutes remaining after Hannah Linstadt successfully converted her penalty kick.
“I think their confidence changed in the second half,” Nevada Union senior captain Kacey Rogers said. “In the first half, they were playing a little nonchalant and realized they needed to push themselves more against us.”
The loss dropped the Miners’ league record to 3-7, while the Grizzlies improved to 9-1-1.
Nevada Union hosts Johnson today.
To contact sportswriter Stacy Hicklin, e-mail email@example.com or call 477-4244.
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