In an outstanding match and battle of two Top 5 ranked Central District Teams in the most recent poll, the final scoreboard read 1-1. However, only 38 seconds earlier the Patty’s thought they had sealed the victory, only to have what appeared to be the winning goal disallowed on a controversial offside call.
The match was a tale of two halves. In the first half, higher ranked Watterson had the run of play and the best of possession and physical battles, while the Patty’s struggled to adjust to the tight confines and bumpy pitch at Hagely Field, and the Eagles deep sweeper defensive formation. In the second half, Liberty responded to the physical challenges, gained good possession and began to attack as a unit, produce chances and increased the pressure on the Eagles.
Liberty opened the scoring midway through the second half on a Penalty Kick by Emma Ranalli. Shortly thereafter, Watterson gained the equalizer after a brilliant shot by Danielle Prezioso hit the crossbar, but deflected to an Eagle who started a quick counterattack resulting in a finish off the post to knot the match at what would stand as the final score, 1-1. The game was a solid overall team effort, anchored by an outstanding performance in goal by Miranda Kuhns.
In earlier action, JVA’s match versus Watterson ended in a 1-1 draw, and JVB earned a 6-0 victory at Bloom-Caroll.
The Pattys Varsity Team ends the first half of the season undefeated, with a overall record of 6-0-2 and 3-0-0 in conference play. The Varsity, JVA & JVB have a current combined record of 18-1-4. JVA also enters the second half of the season undefeated.
Next up is Westland away on Tuesday 9/17 and home against Kilbourne on 9/19.
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