After scoring 29 goals in their first three District 24-6A games, the Clear Springs Chargers knew they faced a more formidable opponent and were going to be challenged going up against the area’s best goal keeper in Clear Falls’ Maddy Anderson.
Anderson loomed just as large as the Great Wall of China in the first half, saving nine Clear Springs shots on goal and forcing misses on two one-on-one opportunities, but the Chargers kept plugging away, scoring two goals in the second half to defeat the Clear Falls Knights by the final score of 2-0, Tuesday night at Clear Springs High School.
“I thought our girls played great,” Chargers head coach Craig Foster said. “Their goal keeper was phenomenal. She kept them in the game, and we knew that was going to happen. We changed things at halftime with three up top and that made it easier for us to get behind the full backs.”
In the 41st minute, Chargers sophomore Sydney Robinson kept the attack on pace, sending a shot on goal, only to be stopped by Anderson yet again.
In the 47th minute, sophomore Kathryn Marker sent a shot on goal from the left side of goal, to which Anderson knocked away again. However, the ball landed at the feet of sophomore Alex Staat, who put a shot past Anderson for the breakthrough goal and a 1-0 lead.
After three more saves by Anderson, Egyptian National Rana Hussein, in the 65th minute, took a short cross from Marker and scorched it past Anderson and into the back of the net for a 2-0 lead.
The Chargers relentless attack was spearheaded down the wings by exceptional speed and quality from juniors Alyssa Mencacci and Sarah Evans, and seniors Anessa Byerman and Robinson.
Picking up clean sheets for the Chargers along with senior goal keeper Maddie Fisher were the defenders: junior Maddie Salas, sophomore Bella Iovieno, and seniors Erica Isom and Byerman.
“We had a rough start (to the season), it was the first time we have ever lost three in a row. So we go from losing three in a row to being 4-0 in district. I guess right now everything is all right, but we still have Lake and Friendswood to play,” Foster added.
The Chargers (4-0 in district) play Clear Brook at Challenger Columbia Stadium, Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Looking to bounce back, the Knights (1-3-0) play at home game against Alvin, 7:30 p.m. Friday.