Girls soccer: Late goal lifts Waubonsie ValleyKristen Dodson is greeted by Warrior teammate Kristen Brots (12) after scoring a goal just seconds before halftime against Hinsdale Central. | Jon Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 19, 2012 10:52PM
Waubonsie Valley opened the Naperville Invitational with a dramatic 2-1 win over Hinsdale Central at Naperville North Thursday night.
Senior Shannon Donelson took a pass from freshman Tori Christiansen along the left side and deposited it into the right corner of the net for the winning goal with 7:13 remaining in regulation.
“To be able to fight back and get a goal late just shows the heart and the desire to go after the goal late that I think helped us,” Waubonsie Valley coach Julie Bergstrom said.
She elaborated on the clutch nature of Donelson’s goal.
“A goal changes a game, whether you give one up early, if you score one late, obviously a goal is a big momentum change for any team,” she said. “It’s the teams that can combat those momentum changes — like if you have a goal against you, can you counter it? Those are the great teams.”
Red Devils freshman Maeve McLaughlin tied the game at 1-all on a goal at the 22:51 mark of the second half. The Warriors (6-3-2) seized the early lead with 15 seconds remaining in the first half on a corner kick. Rachele Armand kicked the ball to Jenna Romano, who tapped it off to Kristen Dodson. Dodson finished the play for a 1-0 lead at halftime.
Warriors freshman goalkeeper Emma Rigby made four saves and her counterpart, Hinsdale Central’s Riley Glenn, stopped six shots.
The Red Devils fall to 3-6-2 with the loss.
Hinsdale Central coach Michael Smith discussed the Warrior’s game-winning goal.
“I thought there was a breakdown in recognizing when to apply pressure and then at the same time, the players off the ball (were) not recognizing what was going on around them,” he said. “And you add those two combinations together inside the final third, and you’re setting yourself up for failure.”
Smith said Waubonsie Valley did a phenomenal job capitalizing on the opportunities it was given by the Red Devils’ defense.