Central takes rematch of Soccerfest game
The intensity was high and the goals were aplenty, but it was the Central Cyclones that came out on top of a Soccerfest rematch.
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Jayme Hoffman of the Peacock Tornadoes is stopped by keeper Gillian Francis of the Central Cyclones during first half action of high school girls soccer league action on Tuesday evening at Smith Field. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
The Cyclones and the Peacock Tornadoes played each other again, the second time since Sunday. However, this game had more meaning — points in regular season action.
“This game could have gone either way, but with our desire to win, we managed to pull it off,” said Melissa Dorais from Central.
The Cyclones got the 5-4 come from behind win over the Tornadoes, including a goal from Valerina Berisha late in the second half to seal the victory.
On Sunday, these two teams also played for ninth place at Soccerfest, with the Cyclones shutting out the Tornadoes 5-0.
“Our whole goal for this game was to come out and get a goal. We got four and it was a closer game,” stated Peacock’s head coach Sandi Hutchinson. “We are happy with how we played and that experience at Soccerfest really helped gel them as a team and they are playing their positions better.”
Central got goals from Taylor Kell, two from Magbeni Keita and a penalty kick from Dorais.
“It was nerve-racking because it was tied up,” said Dorais of the penalty kick.
Suila Moses and Jayme Hoffman scored two goals each for the Tornadoes.
Peacock’s keeper, Stacee Greensides was fantastic in the second half when the Cyclones applied a lot of pressure. She stopped some hard shots, including a few in close from Keita.
“She did a good job and I think our defence stepped up too,” said Hutchinson of Greensides.
Since both teams faced each other in such a short time frame, the players were able to adjust their play and make a game plan.
“I think it was the experience of playing them once already. We got to see how they feed the ball to Beni (Keita) and we just tried to keep her from scoring,” explained Hutchinson.
The Cyclones were happy with the pressure they applied throughout the second half and knew they had to come in mentally prepared to fight a Tornadoes team looking for revenge.
“They wanted it just as bad as we did. We had to make sure we didn’t get full of ourselves and keep playing our game,” said Dorais.
The experience at Soccerfest also allowed the Tornadoes to gel as a team and they hope that this game and the fight they showed will be a turning point for their season.
“That was a huge plus (fight back) because I think that is part of the gelling as a team, not getting down when we get scored on,” said Hutchinson. “Get that inner strength and keep on going. I think we are improving as we go along and I think that’s all you can ask for.”
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