Three-goal second half leads Tigers past Eagles
Special to the Whig
With Rising Sun nursing a one-goal halftime lead against visiting Bohemia Manor, Tigers coach Dy lan A i man stressed to his team that they could not let the Eagles linger in the game.
His players payed attention, responding quickly out of halftime as Jillian Seay scored four minutes into the second half to make
it a two-goal game. The Tigers cruised from there to earn a 4-1 victory over Bo Manor in nondivisional girls’ soccer action on Thursday.
“The discussion at halftime was the longer that it’s going to be 1-0, the harder it’s going to be for us and the more they’re going to be in the game,” Aiman said. “We wanted to take them out of the game as soon as we can. The early goal in the second half kind of set the stage for us.”
Rising Sun, which led 1-0 at the break, controlled possession in the early stages of the second half and kept the ball deep in its attacking half. Eventually the ball found its way to the foot of Seay, who kicked it into the net to make it 2-0.
“We put our heads together and told ourselves that we were done with a 1-0 game,” Seay said of the Tigers’ mindset coming out of halftime.
Rising Sun kept controlling possession and generated several chances in the second half, but it took 33 more minutes before it could add another goal when Seay made it a three-goal contest with her second tally in the 77th minute.
Natalie Ginski headed a crossed corner kick two minutes later to give Rising Sun a 4-0 advantage in the 79th minute.
Bo Manor got on the board with 10 seconds left in the game when Makenzie Stallone’s shot found the back of the net.
Eagles head coach Lissy Haney said the late goal was indicative of the effort her team showed throughout the game.
“It was just work rate at this point. I’m really proud of the girls with the way they stepped up. Rising Sun is one of the better teams that we will see all season,” Haney said. “To me, it was more like a 2-0 game, and to be two goals away for 75 minutes from one of the best teams we play, I’m happy with that. We can roll with that, and we can improve from here.
“Just the fact that we scored a goal with 10 seconds remaining show the girls never quit. I will take that over anything else.”
Annalia Webb scored the Tigers’ first goal in the game’s third minute, putting in a rebound.