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Leopards, Athenas finish in a deadlock, 2-2

The women’s soccer team snaps its 4-game losing streak.

Christopher Barnes-Baxter
Staff Writer

In a very physical game against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, the women’s soccer team managed to pull out of its six-game losing streak with a 2-2 tie in double overtime during Wednesday night’s match.

The Athenas started the game off strongly in the first half, using their speed and ball handling skills to out run and out dribble the Leopards,

But it was the Leopards’ freshman midfielder Molly Zolman who scored the first goal in the last two minutes of the half.

The lead did not last too long, as the Athenas’ sophomore midfielder Olivia Sylvester answered back with a kick into the Leopards’ goal.

“Compared to our previous games, we did a lot better this time around,” sophomore goalkeeper Gloria Escalante said.

The Leopards came out strong at the start of the second half of the match.

They communicated more effectively and showed more ball control, though it was not enough to stop the momentum of the Athenas.

The two teams played aggressively during the second half, showing a lot of hustle.

However, the Leopards encountered a lot of trouble as the Athenas out ran almost every breakaway the Leopards had.

The Leopards’ defense did put in a valiant effort to stop the assault of the Athenas, as Escalante blocked numerous of shots taken by the Athenas forwards.

Despite the effort of the Athenas defense, Leopard freshman forward Olga Saldivar was able to secure another goal by heading the ball past the C-M-S goalkeeper, taking the lead 2-1.

In an attempt to tie the game, the Athenas forwards tired to capitalize off of a break away.

But the shot was unsuccessful as Leopard goalkeeper Escalante dived to keep the ball out of the Leopards’ goal post.

Unfortunately Escalante was not able to block every shot taken, as the Athenas sophomore midfielder Madi Shove tied the game up with a successful goal.

The game went into double overtime, ultimately ending with no one able to break away from the tie, though this didn’t damper the Leopards’ spirits one bit.

“We played a very good game today. We played hard, communicated a lot, and now we’re more determined to get a win,” Zolman said.

“I’m very proud of our girls today. They finally stepped up to the plate,” assistant coach Danielle Sumlin said.

The Leopards lost their previous game to Cal Lutheran, 6-1, on Saturday.

“We had some minor set-backs last game, but we pulled it together today, unfortunately we ended up with tie, though” Escalante said.

The tie brought some hope for the next game.

“As long as our girls play like they played today, we should do well in our game against Pomona-Pitzer next week,” Sumlin said.

The Leopards will play their next game against the Sagehens at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Ben Hines Field.

Christopher Barnes-Baxter can be reached at christopher.barnes-baxter@laverne.edu.

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