Alex Ghilarducci knew time was limited for her Oak Ridge High girls soccer team to score in Wednesday’s intra-county Delta River League match against visiting Ponderosa.
The senior midfielder took charge after a Julia Crawford pass to fire a shot into the net in the 76th minute to end the game in a 1-1 draw.
“I ran after it after it was kicked,” Ghilarducci said.
Hustling back on defense, the Trojans defended a Jennifer Waldo-Sheridan Fox link-up in the 78th minute for a deflection that flew out-of-bounds — the last, good Ponderosa chance to score.
“We started off real slow in the beginning (of the game),” Ghilarducci said. “Toward the end we started playing more physical and we started working more as a team, connecting passes. I think that just helped a lot.”
Ponderosa was near Oak Ridge’s net less than half-dozen times in the second half. In the first half, the Bruins had close to a dozen chances to score.
“The halftime speech was to pick up the pace and attack with more forwards,” Oak Ridge head coach Henry Reis said. “About 20 minutes (into the second half) we were able to do that. If we would’ve had a goal 10 minutes earlier I think (the outcome) would’ve been different.”
Ponderosa coach Greg Spangler added, “They were pressing a lot of numbers forward. They were desperate to get forward and get chances and they ended up getting one.”
Ponderosa’s lone goal came in the 24th minute in the first half when senior captain Amy Silverbush kicked the ball from 20 yards out that was originally caught but the ball slipped through the Trojan keeper’s hands and into the net.
“The girls played very well today,” Spangler said. “I thought we’d earn a win.”
Reis concluded, “We will get better as each game goes.”
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