Tigers edge Indians in girls’ soccer showdown
— A year after falling by the same score to the same opponent, Rising Sun flipped the script.
Annalia Webb found the back of the net midway through the second half to break a tie and deliver the host Tigers a 2-1 victory over rival North East in Susquehanna Division girls’ soccer action on Wednesday.
“Very pleased with the way the girls played today. They put together some of the things we’ve been talking
about all year against a quality team like North East and a good coach, as well,” Rising Sun head coach John Hartnett said. “Didn’t have to do a lot of motivating to get the girls ready for tonight. They were ready to bring it, and I give them credit because a lot of our girls played club all weekend and we just had a game last night against Harford Tech. Back-to-back games, so I have to give the girls a lot of credit. They played with a lot of heart tonight.”
With the score knotted 1-1 with under 18 minutes to play, Webb redirect a shot from Abigail Backert past Indians keeper Delaney McDilda for the go-ahead goal.
Backert began the play by dribbling up the sideline before angling a shot at the far side of the net. Webb, anticipating a rebound, admitted to placing herself in the right position to take advantage.
“On the second-half goal, Abbie hit it in and it was deflected and I knew it was coming to me. It was really important to capitalize because there’s not that many chances to score when you play a good team,” Webb said. “I knew it was going off the goalie. You always have to be there for those deflections.”
Both teams scored in the first half, with North East’s Caroline Roberts netting the equalizer roughly six minutes after Backert recorded an unassisted tally to give the Tigers the early lead.
Roberts, who received a pass from teammate Sarah Jones, navigated past a defender and scored to tie the contest with 14:22 remaining in the opening half.
“I think it was a good answer, for sure,” North East head coach Matt Roberts said. “That goal got our confidence back a little bit, and it was even until just down the stretch. It was important for us to tie it up.
“I think we were caught on our heels a little bit to start the game. They were able to get somebody through and capitalized before we really knew what was going on. Hat’s off to them for being ready to go at the first whistle.”
Backert’s tally came on in the opening half.
“Any team likes an early goal like that. It always feels good,” Hartnett said. “It always early
gives you that extra confidence of ‘we already put one in so we can continue to do this for the rest of the game.’”
The win allows Rising Sun (5-2-1 overall, 4-0 division) to continue its trek toward an unbeaten Susquehanna Division record.
More importantly, it delivers the Tigers added confidence ahead of a possible rematch with the Indians (5-5, 3-2) in the upcoming 2A East Region playoffs.
“I think it’s a huge confidence booster,” Webb said.
North East also gained confidence
Rising Sun’s Abigail Backert, left, battles North East’s Sarah Jones, right, during the second half of Wednesday’s Susquehanna Division girls’ soccer game. Aided by a goal from Backert, the Tigers prevailed, 2-1.