Lady Rams Fall to Chargers in District Final, Secure Second Seed in the Region

Ian Criman, Staff Writer

Two days after beating Oakton 2-1 in the fourth overtime, the Robinson Girls Varsity Soccer team was involved in another tight defensive battle that would be decided in the second half.

The game opened with very few scoring chances, as both teams were feeling each other out for the first ten minutes. The game turned into a quick, fast-paced defensive struggle with scoring opportunities in between. The Lady Rams had a flurry of scoring opportunities from the twenty minute mark to the end of the first half, but the score remained tied 0-0.

In the second half, in the 44th minute, the Chargers broke the scoreless tie on a penalty kick off a collision inside the box.  Laila Grey, the Chargers top goal scorer, took the kick and buried it in the right corner to give the Chargers a 1-0 lead.

The Lady Rams had an answer.

Senior midfielder Brigitte Kuter took a corner kick from senior forward Jeannine Molleda and drove it past Chargers’ goaltender Lauren Mashinski two minutes later, giving the Rams the momentum back.

The Rams pushed and pushed for the next twenty minutes, and had several close scoring opportunities, but could not convert.

“In the close games, it’s the team that finishes close opportunities that wins the game,” Head Coach Jim Rike said. “We had plenty of good opportunities, but we just couldn’t finish them.”

The Chargers put the game away in the 67th minute, when the Rams tried clearing a ball three times but failed to do so.

Kyndall Miller took advantage, putting a shot into the back of the net from the top of the 18, making the score 2-1, which ended up being the game-winner.

With the win, the Chargers won the Concorde District Finals and the number one seed in the regional tournament and will face Stonebridge on Tuesday, while the Rams will be the number two seed and will face Langley at home on Tuesday.

Game Notes:

At halftime, Lady Rams Barbara Platenberg, Jeannine Molleda, and Ashley Booth received first team all district honors… Savannah Miller and Haley Roberson received second team all district honors… Caroline Weaver, Karalee Ericks, Hayley Talbott, Lindsay Mondloch, and Natalie McCarthy received honorable mention honors for the district play.