HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. It took a second goal from freshman forward Lucy Mondello late in overtime, but the Hastings junior varsity girls soccer team topped Ardsley 2-1 in a come from behind win Monday afternoon.
The Yellow Jackets, on a four game winning streak, improved to 5-1 on the year with the last minute victory over Ardsley.
I think that they did what they needed to do, said Hastings head coach Samantha Stahl. They played the way they know how to play and they left everything on the field.
It was a game filled with breakaways, forcing the goalkeepers of each squad to be on high alert the entire time. Ardsley had a couple of breakaways in the first half, but Hastings was able to clear the ball at the last second both times.
Ardsley wasnt about to wait around any longer to get on the board and scored about 10 minutes into the second half. The ball made its way into the box and was batted around a few times before it was poked past the goalie for the score to put Ardsley up 1-0.
Mondello had several chances in the game, slashing past defenders as she tried to get a good look on net. After a couple of missed opportunities Mondello corralled a ball that was fed to her in the box and between a few defenders she put it past the Ardsley goalie to even the score at 1-1 with 15 minutes to go.
The game was deadlocked at one apiece and overtime was needed to decide a winner. After Hastings failed to score on a penalty kick a 1-1 draw looked probable.
That was until Mondello struck again for Hastings when she carried the ball down the field and split two defenders beating them to the box. Mondello paused and then pushed the ball past the Ardsley keeper for the go ahead goal. The freshmans second goal of the game sealed the 2-1 victory as the clock struck zero shortly after.
They are such a good team, they get along together, they really enjoy playing with each other so in a game like this you can really see that they work together and they pull it out together as a team, Stahl said.
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