After a tough start to their week Monday at Fremont, the girls soccer team looked to rebound in a Tuesday home match verse Whitehall. Earlier this season, the Vikings handled the Eagles 3-0. The home team responded with a much more determined effort. The Eagles pressed into the offensive half from the opening touch. While Whitehall counterattacked often, the first half featured a lot of back and forth action between the goal boxes. The speed of Eagle defenders Hayley Kozal, Cora Linsley and Robyn Vanderwest kept the Vikings off the board. Jasmine Weeks, Carina Perez, and Mayra Diaz helped control the center of the field.
After a scoreless first half, the Eagles continued to contend for loose balls and improve their time of possession. At the twenty-five minute mark Allie Ramsey advanced the ball into the box from the left wing. Her shot attempt deflected off a defender and in front of the net. Haleigh Lacy drove through a second Viking to win the ball and push it to the back of net.
Facing a deficit for the first time, the Vikings pressed the attack. Keeper Maria Salas held them at bay, winning balls at the outer limits of the box and being well positioned for several shots on net. The lead held for 18 minutes before the Vikings finally found the opening they were looking for. A right footed blast from just inside the box found the upper right corner of the net, tying the score. Both teams had chances in the final seven minutes but were unable to score. Final: 1-1, the Eagles third tie of the season. The Eagles next travel to Oakridge for a Thursday contest on the turf. Game time is 5:00 p.m.