The Kent City Eagles girls soccer team faced the Black River Rats on the road on Thursday, April 12. After a hard-fought 80 minutes of soccer, the eagles fell to 0-2-1 with a 3-0 loss to the Rats. Playing into the wind in the first half, the Eagles battled to hold Black River at bay with goalkeeper Maria Salas making some big saves for Kent City. With the Eagles struggling to string more than a couple passes together, and Black River pushing numbers forward and stretching the Eagles’ defense thin, the Rats were able to capitalize on 2 of their chances to head into halftime with Kent City trailing 2-0.
Kent City stepped up their game in the second half, with the wind at their backs, fighting to move the ball up the field and beyond the Black River defense. Despite the efforts of center midfielder Karime Vazquez and forward Mayra Diaz, a couple aggressive saves by the Rats goalkeeper held the Eagles scoreless. The Rats capitalized once again in the second half on a moment of disorganization in the Eagles’ defense to net the final goal of the game for a 3-0 win over Kent City. Although the scoreboard did not favor the Eagles on Thursday, the team showed grit in their efforts against the Rats all the way up until the final buzzer. Only three games into the season, they show much promise and improvement as a program and look forward to the next test of their ability Monday against Orchard View High School.