Leesville Road women’s soccer team (17-2-1 Overall, 11-2 Cap-8) entered Monday night’s game against Millbrook with a five-game win streak on the line. After a shaky start to the game, the Pride scored four unanswered goals to defeat the Wildcats 4-2.
Going into the game it was a must win situation for the Pride, a tie or loss would knock them out of contention for a Cap-8 title.
The game got off to a quick start, when Millbrook’s Makaya Parham scored the first goal of the game just three minutes in, giving the Wildcat’s an early 1-0 lead.
Parham netted her second goal of the night in the 13 minute off of a corner kick from Hayley Flowers, to put the pressure on the Pride now down 2-0.
Leesville would respond, in a big way, to the two-goal deficit. First, Katie Groff broke the ice for the Pride with a goal from outside the box to make it 2-1.
Reagan Norvell ripped a shot into the upper far corner past the Millbrook goalkeeper to tie the game up at two a piece. Going into halftime the score remained tied at 2-2 with Leesville holding the momentum.
“The girl went for the ball, allowing me to cut past her toward the goal. There was a lot of mayhem in the box, so I just tried to put the shot on net in the corner where I knew I had good opportunity to beat the keeper,” said Norvell.
The second half began with back and forth play with both teams unable to get any scoring opportunities. In the 48 minute Brooke Sroka found Jordin Mosley in the box, but her shot missed wide of the goal.
Finally, the Pride broke through and took the lead in the 63 minute when Hannah Arostegui crossed the ball into the box, finding Malina Pardo who tapped the ball in for the goal giving Leesville a 3-2 lead.
“It was an amazing feeling to score the go-ahead goal against our biggest rival. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time,” said Pardo.
The Pride continued to push for another goal to put the game out of reach. Mack Gower controlled the ball in the box after a cross from Arostegui, and beat the goalie on the far right post for the goal. Gower’s goal extended Leesville’s lead to 4-2 in the 76 minute.
After being down 2-0 in the first 15 minutes of the game, the Pride stormed back scoring four unanswered goals to defeat Millbrook 4-2 and secure second place in the Cap-8.
“Beating Millbrook at Millbrook, after being down 2-0, to comeback and win when they thought they had the game won, there’s nothing better,” said Norvell.
The Pride look to stay on a role in its final regular season game Wednesday at home against Wakefield on senior night beginning at 6:30.
“Wednesday’s game is big for us. It’s important for us to be ready to go from the start. We have to keep our foot on the gas pedal the whole game because they want to win just as bad as we do,” said Pardo.
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