Sat., Aug. 27, 2011[Box Score
] El Cajon, CA--
The San Diego Christian College Women’s soccer team has started the 2011 season with a different poise. The Lady Hawks kept their undefeated season (2-0-0) alive by taking out the Menlo College Oaks (0-2-0), but not without a battle. Both teams were very focused from start of the match, not letting heat affect their play.
The Lady Hawks jumped out to an early lead in the first half when Senior Mireya Flores (pictured left) kicked a long pass to All-GSAC Forward Hannah Waggoner for a leaping header over the Oaks goalie Alexia Martinez. Both teams continued to battle with the Hawks leading at halftime, 1-0.
In a scary moment midway through the second half, SDCC’s Ashley Jarosin and Menlo’s Kristin Henderson collided in a midair, head-on collision. The game was delayed for a little over five minutes as both Jarosin and Hernandez were shaken up. Both players were deemed able to return to action after sitting out a few plays.
The Hawks lead would last until late in the second half. In the 83rd minute, Menlo’s Elaini Vargas delivered a pass to Steffany Dudley who was able to sneak it by Hawks goalkeeper Katelyn Ogle to tie the game at 1-1.
The match ended in overtime after a few last chances to score in extra time. The two teams then sided for a break and hit the field for sudden death overtime. This intense battle didn’t take one, but two overtimes to crown a winner.
In the 103rd minute, Senior Captain Hannah Waggoner stayed aggressive and went in for a shot at the top of the box on a breakaway, when she was run down by an Oaks defender in the box, setting up a penalty kick.
Waggoner sank the penalty kick on a low kick to the right corner, and her whole team burst into jubilation on the field ending in a dog pile in front of the visiting net. After the game, the Senior Captain was elated with her team's performance.
"We came out strong and I am so happy for our team to be undefeated to start the season." Waggoner said. “We tried to stay focused and not let the heat affect us.”
Coach Carlos Calderson added, “It was an evenly matched game and a hard fought win. I am proud of the way we battled and happy to get the win.”
The Hawks look to continue their hot streak on Friday, September 2nd when they host the Vulcans of Hilo Hawaii at 4:00 pm.