The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Lady Pirate soccer team went down 2-0 early against the IDEA Quest Lady Trailblazers and battled back with five straight goals to win 5-3 Tuesday, April 2 in Alice.
RFHS improves its overall record to 15-4-2.
Things did not start off well for RFHS. The Lady Pirates struggled to keep possession against IDEA in the middle of the field after midfield specialist Naveya Davila sustained an injury in the first two minutes of play. IDEA took advantage of the loss and scored two goals in the first 25 minutes. However, RFHS made adjustments to help alleviate the loss of Davila and found their rhythm offensively.
“This was a position we’ve been in a number of times this season. A two goal leads’ the most dangerous lead in soccer, you start to feel comfortable and as soon as that happens, you can let the other team in,” said RFHS Head Girls Soccer Coach Mitchell Lynch. “When we fell behind, we knew we could rally back. It wasn’t the first time we had been there and it was good to see us come back from it again.”
Following IDEA’s second goal in the 26th minute, keeper Trinity Sifuentas was subbed out by Crystal Bueno. Sifuentas had been hindered by an injury after an IDEA player collided with her going for a loose ball a few minutes before the second goal.
One minute later, Emily Resendez answered the 2-0 deficit with a goal from long range. Resendez used her speed to get past the back line down the wing and took a long, arching shot near the sideline at goal. From about 30 yards out, her long shot, which initially looked like a cross, came arching back down and fell into the back corner of the net for RFHS’ first goal.
In the 29th minute, Bueno booted a ball up field after an IDEA shot on goal. The ball took a good bounce for RFHS and traveled past the IDEA backline. Resendez beat IDEA defenders to the ball again and took another long distance shot from 25 yards out. The IDEA keeper wasn’t able to secure the save on Resendez’ shot and the ball went into goal for the equalizer.
In the 31st minute, KJ Whidden got by multiple IDEA defenders and brought the ball inside the 18. She then gave a short pass to Zoe Aery near the penalty mark and Aery finished on a shot into the right corner of the goal and gave RFHS a 3-2 lead before the half.
“We’re fighters. We’re competitors. As soon as we fell down, we weren’t about to stay down,” said Lynch.
In the second half, Sifuentas returned to goal and RFHS pulled away from IDEA.
In the 52nd minute, Aery gave a through ball to Resendez running down the wing. As Resendez ran down near the sideline, Manson trailed and positioned herself in front of goal. Resendez then gave a high arcing cross into the box and Manson, now in front of the keeper, finished on the cross into the right corner of the goal.
One minute later, Aery gave a through pass to Manson running straight at the IDEA goal. Manson gathered herself and took a powerful shot from 25 yards out. Her shot was too much for the IDEA keeper and the ball sailed over her outstretched arms and fell into the net.
Following Manson’s second goal, IDEA scored again in the 78th minute. Nonetheless, with only two minutes to go, IDEA didn’t get another opportunity and RFHS held on for the comeback win.
Resendez finished with two goals and one assist.
Manson scored two goals.
Aery finished with one goal and one assist.
Whidden had one assist.
RFHS played its third round game Friday, April 6 against Beeville in Calallen.
Beeville was one of RFHS’ district opponents in the regular season. Head to head, RFHS is 1-0-1 against Beeville. The first game ended in a 3-3 draw and RFHS won the second game 5-1.