GALT — There were 78 minutes of defense and two minutes of offense mixed with celebration.
That is what Tokay and Galt did in an area non-league high school girls soccer game at Walker Park on Monday. In the end, Tokay and Galt settled for a 1-1 tie.
“Overall, we knew it was going to be a defensive game for both teams,” said Tokay coach Samuel Gonzalez. “They have great attackers. We have good attackers as well. We tried to maintain the ball as much as we can.”
The game was tied 0-0 entering the second half. Then forward Shayla Bradley, a freshman, gave Tokay (0-1-1) a 1-0 lead when she received the soccer ball from teammate Vylynn Ha and scored on a one-on-one with Galt goalie Rachel Vermeltfoort in the 43rd minute. That gave Bradley and the Tigers a quick chance to celebrate their goal.
Galt (1-0-1) scored its only goal the 66th minute. After getting possession of a loose ball, Galt forward Sasha Martinez raced down the field with no Tokay players in sight, and fired the ball from the side of the box past Tokay goalie Madison Convey-Taylor to tie the game at 1-1. Welch was greeted by about half of her Warrior teammates after the goal.
“I think the shift in the offense, getting that hunger for the goal,” said Galt coach Courtney Carillo. “The girls winning in the back, and just building it from there.”
Then the rest of the game was a battle of ball control, and moving it toward the other’s box. Tokay ran behind Noelia Salas, Sophia Casciaro, a senior who is a four-year starter at halfback, Bradley, Ha, Odyssi Garcia, Natalie Nord, Ivette Gomez, Annika Hauschild and Hannah Hauschild, twin sisters who are sophomores.
Galt responded with all-around play from Celeste Baez, Vanessa Serrateo and Isabelle Minatre, who recently signed a scholarship with University of Jamestown in Jamestown, N.D., on the back. Warrior players pushing the moving the ball were Kacie Benton, Briana Bermejo, Vivian Barron, Sasha Martinez and Sabrina Welch.
“It was just a matter of controlling the ball and trying to get it back,” Carillo said.
Bradley, who had four shots on goal in the game, fired her final one of the game in the 78th minute. But the soccer ball sailed over the net.
Galt moved the ball quickly back to the Tigers’ net in the final minutes. However, Tokay responded with its defense in forcing the Warriors to turn the ball back into Tiger possession.
The first half was “back and fourth” in the first half, Gonzalez noted. Tokay kept the ball moving for half that time. Then it was Galt’s turn.
Gonzalez and Carillo agreed that the game was about their respective goalies. Vermeltfoort, a four-year starter, had close a half-dozen saves. Convey-Taylor, only a freshman, had eight saves. Their saves were a combination of coming out of the box and one-on-one shots from opponents.
“She’s great at what she does,” said Carillo of Vermeltfoort. “She definitely controls the field from the back and tells the girls what she needs.”
Tokay continues its pre-season schedule against Franklin of Elk Grove on Friday. Galt entertains Argonaut of Jackson at Walker Park on Wednesday.
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