On a beautiful afternoon with smoke-free skies in Manson, the Lady Trojans began their 2017 Soccer Season with a game at the home versus Lake Roosevelt. There was plenty of excitement including a great goal and many more chances for the Lady Trojans. Despite great efforts, however, the team fell to the Raiders by a score of 3-1.
The game got off to a start that you would expect from two teams playing their first of the season. Coach Jared Mumley described it as an intense first few minutes with a general sloppiness by both teams as the girls began to find their soccer legs again, having not played a competitive match since last October.
The Raiders were first to strike as a loose ball was quickly dispatched into the bottom corner after a failed clearance by the Lady Trojans. Ten minutes later, Lake Roosevelt doubled their lead when the Raiders’ center forward dribbled past three Manson defenders and finished calmly.
Rather than discourage the Manson team, the goals increased their intensity, and they increased their fighting spirit with Nadia Tejada coming close to scoring on a couple occasions after getting played through on the right. The breakthrough goal finally came when, after Magali Leyva’s shot was blocked, Veronica Lulo followed up and brought the Trojans to within one goal shortly before halftime.
“The second half, unlike the first, lacked the energy and enthusiasm that both teams had begun with, mostly due to the sun and the early season legs,” Coach Mumley said. “Both teams struggled to create chances, and in the end Lake Roosevelt earned one more goal as Manson pressed forward to get the equalizer. The game was fantastic learning experience for the team,” Mumley said.
The Lady Trojans will face the Chelan Lady Goats on Thursday, Sep. 14, in Chelan at 4:30 p.m. The team will then play Davenport this Saturday, Sep. 16 at the Manson Athletic Complex.
(Submitted by Coach Jared Mumley)