Tue., Oct 18th, 2011
El Cajon, Calif. -- The San Diego Christian College women’s soccer team played two different games on Tuesday; the first half which left a deficit at the break, and the second half which saw the Lady Hawks reel off four goals and collect the 4-2 win over Hope International University.
After falling behind 1-0 on a penalty kick in the 35th minute, the Hawks (5-8, 1-5 GSAC) made adjustments at halftime.
“Coach was confident in us at halftime,” said Nicole Quintanilla. “He pointed out that we were outplaying them and we needed to stay focused on the plan.”
The plan worked as SDCC came out and scored just over a minute into the second half. Senior Hannah Waggoner was able to track down a loose ball in the box, dribbled past a defender, and put the ball over the goalkeeper’s head for her conference leading 13th goal of the season.
Just minutes later, freshman Gabrielle Kelly delivered a cross from the right to the back side of the box where Quintanilla (pictured left) received the ball and placed it in the back of the net to put the Hawks up 2-1.
Quintanilla added, “Gabby is a great player. She doesn’t just pass the ball blindly; she picks her spot and puts the ball there. I was lucky to be on the receiving end of one of her passes today.”
HIU responded quickly with a goal just :25 after SDCC took the lead to tie the game. The tie would last only 10 minutes when Kelly dribbled the ball past the defender. As the goalkeeper came out, Kelly slid and flipped the ball over the keeper and into the net.
SDCC extended their lead in the 71st minute, when Zoar Gonzalez passed the ball into the box. After the ball deflected off a few HIU defenders, Quintanilla collected the ball and drilled it into the top right of the net to give SDCC a 4-2 lead that would stand.
Coach Carlos Calderson praised his team after the game, “I am excited for the team. They deserve it with the effort they have given all year. They felt like they had something to prove after Saturday (a loss to Westmont); they proved it was just a bad day. This is a good win for us.”
Katelyn Ogle, who is currently leading the GSAC is saves, played all 90 minutes in goal for SDCC, facing 17 shots and collecting 9 saves.
SDCC heads to Azusa Pacific on Saturday for a double header with the women. The women's game starts at 3:30pm.