There’s a pattern that seems to keep recurring for Winters Mill’s girls soccer team this season.
The Falcons have been scored on first in previous contests but, in most cases, they’ve rebounded from these deficits to challenge their opponents. For some reason, WM coach Denny Snyder said, his players thrive in that environment.
The Falcons faced a two-goal deficit at the hands of Century in the first half of their county matchup Tuesday, but found their feet and took advantage of extra scoring opportunities to defeat the Knights 3-2.
“We just knew that we could finish and we just had to get the first one in,” Falcons junior defender Megan Paschall said. “It put up our momentum.”
Century sophomore midfielder Emily Streett used two free kicks to find the back of the net for the Knights about 11 minutes apart to give the visiting team a 2-0 lead with 20 minutes to play in the first half.
“It’s extremely exciting because it’s something she’s been working on all year long,” Knights coach Sara Figuly said. “She actually scored a goal the other day doing that, and to get two right off the bat for us was a huge way to give us momentum moving forward.”
Paschal responded for the Falcons when she finished a corner kick sent in from teammate Kyla Holt. The Knights took two corner opportunities, but they were pushed out by Falcons senior midfielder Kolby Brown.
The Falcons (2-3-3, 2-1-1 county) faced a one-goal deficit at the half, but Erin Snyder and Holt connected on an indirect kick about 10 minutes into the second half to tie the teams, 2-2.
Century goalie Jordyn Vanarsdale was initially given a yellow card during a corner-kick opportunity for Holt, but was eventually ejected with a red card. Danielle McIltrot entered the contest in her place with less than 30 minutes remaining.
Holt had another chance to score with a penalty kick, but her kick was shot too high over the goal. Snyder netted the eventual game-winner shortly after.
“We’re the type of team that we hate losing from the start,” Holt said. “We’ve hated it, we all leave upset so we know if we’re down, we’re coming back.”
Vanarsdale and McIltrot combined for 12 saves for the Knights (4-3-1, 2-1).
The Falcons didn’t register their first win until Oct. 4 with a 2-1 victory over Westminster. Before then, the girls twice settled for ties and suffered three losses. They tied South Carroll on Saturday prior to Monday’s game.
“Given that opportunity with Erin tapping to Kyla, I really felt like the next goal coming out of halftime was going to be a huge advantage, simply because of the momentum,” Denny Snyder said. “When we scored that, it was even and I saw the opportunity with the way my kids were playing inspired, getting first to the ball.
“It’s a show of character with my girls and it’s been one of those seasons where it’s been hard to get into a groove with the rain outs where we went 10 days without so my girls have been able to stay focused.”
Goals: C-Emily Streett 2; WM-Megan Paschall, Kyla Holt, Erin Snyder.
Assists: C-none; WM-Snyder.
Saves: C-12 (Jordyn Vanarsdale 7, Danielle McIltrot 5); WM-7 (Reilly Lockwood).
Halftime: Century, 2-1.