Facing arguably the best female goal keeper in District 24-6A and all of Galveston County, Clear Falls sophomore Maddy Anderson, the Friendswood Lady Mustangs kept chipping away, putting up shot after shot and chance after chance, to no avail.
Finally in the 76th minute of the game, Friendswood junior Jessica Kidd’s shot found the back of the net, and the Lady Mustangs defeated the Knights by a final of 1-0 Tuesday night at Henry Winston Stadium.
“We know about her from last year and she’s only a sophomore,” Friendswood head coach Laura Peter said of Anderson. “We haven’t created that many chances this year. On the attack we did a great job creating chances, but she’s a good keeper and we played some right to her, unfortunately. It was great to get that goal at the end.”
In the 76th minute, after defending a deep free kick, the Knights cleared the ball down field, but the ball landed at the feet of Lady Mustang sophomore right-back Caitlin Green, who set up Kidd with the assist.
Green settled the ball and then sent it about 30 yards back into the 18-yard box where Kidd was waiting for the pass.
With Anderson moving slightly out of goal to defend the pass, Kidd sent a looping volley over her head and into the back of the net for the game-winning goal.
Cracking the Knights’ foundation all night was Kidd’s teammate, junior team captain Olivia Rhodes, who kept the pressure on throughout, taking numerous shots on goal, sending crosses into the 18-yard box and putting shots just wide of goal.
“She’s a junior now, she’s really grown in confidence,” Peter said. “Last year she had (departed senior) Erin Kaltenbaugh to help her up top. So, she is really having to take some more of the weight on her shoulders.”
Also turning some heads with her play was Friendswood freshman Allie Varner, who kept the Clear Falls back line on their heels with some good runs and shots on goal.
Making back-to-back key defensive plays in the game’s 47th minute was Lady Mustang freshman Victoria Davis, who stopped a throw-in into the box and just seconds later got back off the ground to send a cross away.
Clear Falls freshman Logan Huesler also earned some stripes, showing off her speed and elusiveness on good runs toward goal.
Stepping in to provide key saves of her own for the Lady Mustangs was sophomore Katie Reyes, who switched positions to play goalkeeper after Friendswood lost 2017 all-county first-teamer Amelia Hammerle to an academy soccer team.
Next up for the Lady Mustangs is a road game against Clear Brook at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Looking to rebound, the Knights (1-1) have a home game against Clear Lake at 7:30 p.m. Friday night.