by: Julia Rivera
The Hamilton High School girl’s soccer team is set to move onto the second round of the tournament after outlasting McAuley High School 2-0.
Hamilton came out on top early in the first half with junior Mina Reyes scoring off a pass from senior Kalyee Arvin. Despite the many attempts to score, the McAuley offense was unable to connect and trailed 1-0 going into halftime.
Head coach Josh Sams said: “In the first half I thought we played extremely well. We pressured the ball up top. You always want to score early and take the pressure off and [Reyes] scored early and it kind of took a lot of pressure off us and helped us settle in a little more.”
McAuley came out strong in the second half, dominating most of the time but the Big Blue never stopped fighting. A pass from junior Erica Barney allowed Reyes to take the ball up the left side and cut back in to beat the defender. Her long shot sailed into the top right corner and extend the Big Blue lead to 2-0 with 9:04 remaining in the half. A few minutes later Hamilton almost scored again off a header from a corner kick, however, the ball bounced off the top post. Although the McAuley offense brought the pressure, the Big Blue defense was able to fend them off to end the game at 2-0.
Reyes said: “I think we pulled together we played as a team we worked really hard, mainly in the first half. We slowed down during the second half but we pulled through we got the win [and] that’s all that matters.”
The girls hit the road for round two when they face Lebanon on Oct 22 at 7 p.m.
To view action photos from the game thanks to Varsity Views Cincinnati, click here.