Kent City Soccer traveled to Carson City on Friday night to challenge the Eagles of Carson-City Crystal HS. In the blustery winds it was going to be challenging for either team to take flight, but our Kent City Girls put together a complete game for a 5-0 victory.
The first half was tightly contested with both teams getting deep into the opposing end. Robyn Vanderwest, Ashley Delara, and Alexis Fuller neutralized most chances with keeper Maria Salas cleaning up the leftovers. With 8:00 remaining, the KC Eagles finally broke through. After a short corner kick into the wind, Karime Vazquez took the ball back toward the endline and sent an arching pass to the far post. Natalie Snyder was in perfect position to push the ball through and the KC had their first lead of the season.
A 1-0 advantage had no one feeling too comfortable, but in the second Jasmine Weeks helped break the game open. Two minutes into the half, she and the CCC keeper were in a race for the ball, and Weeks usually wins those races. Weeks tapped the ball passed the keeper and it rolled gently into the net. Seven minutes later Haleigh Lacy sent a perfect through ball down the left wing. Weeks tracked the ball down and again beat the charging CCC keeper. Ten minutes into the half the KC Eagles were up 3-0.
The scoring explosion was not about to end. At the 27:30 mark. Emily Lantzer advanced the ball deep into the CCC goal box. Her pass back to the 18 yard line found Araceli Zuniga who one touched a pass to Weeks. Her rightfooted rocket beat a flatfooted keeper. Four minutes later, Lantzer sent a quick throw-in to Weeks just outside the box. She took two lateral touches to find an opening and once again beat a diving keeper. Four goals in fifteen minutes of game time is hard to beat.
Goals are precious in soccer and we rightly celebrate them, but it was truly a team victory. Clare Snyder and Maria Salas combined on the shutout in the net. Karime Vazquez (2), Haleigh Lacy, Araceli Zuniga, and Emily Lantzer all contributed assists. Mayra Diaz won countless 50-50 balls in the second half and really jumpstarted the counter attack.
The Eagles have one game next week. On Wednesday they travel up the road to face the Grant Tigers.