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Lady Tigers fall in season opener to Florence Gophers

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 28th, 2012

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Molli Griffin keeps the ball away from her Florence opponent.

Globe ― The Lady Tigers hosted the Lady Gophers of Florence last Tuesday afternoon in Globe’s soccer season opener. Despite a tough 5-0 loss, the Lady Tigers impressed with speed, improved passing skills and communication, as well as perseverance.

Florence started strong, getting on the scoreboard eight minutes into the game. Thirty seconds later, the Lady Gophers were able to make it 2-0. After that, the Lady Tigers were able to fend off a number of Florence attacks. Lady Tiger Molli Griffin did an excellent job on defense, keeping pace with the dominating Florence offense. Kelsey Jensen did a good job staying with the ball while taking bumps and elbows from the Florence players.

Globe’s goalie, Ronnie Begay, was very busy, but impressed with a number of nice saves. With 13 minutes left before the break, Begay was all alone against a Florence forward, but Begay stayed calm and confident, never letting her eyes of the ball. She made the save, drawing cheers from Tiger fans. Just 20 seconds later, however, Florence regrouped and fired off a kick from short distance to make it 3-0.

Florence continued to play very “contact friendly” throughout the game, but the Lady Tigers stepped up to the challenge. Florence was able to score once more before the break off a corner kick. They had a chance to make it 5-0 in the last minute of the half, when Globe’s goalie came too far out of the box. Thanks to excellent blocking by Lexi Valencia and Griffin, the score remained 4-0 at halftime. In the second half, Florence continued to attack the goal relentlessly, but Globe’s defense remained strong. Just over 10 minutes into the second half, Florence scored again, but the goal was called back for an offsides on the offense.

Tori Wright had a good attempt halfway through.

With just under 20 minutes left, Florence scored its final goal of the game. The Lady Tigers fought hard and never slowed down. The season promises to only get better.

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