by Alec Kostival
It only took five minutes for the GFS girls’ varsity soccer team to take the lead Thursday afternoon against Friends’ Central.
Starting senior center midfielder Maya Keren placed a solid cross on a corner kick opportunity to senior captain Porta McKoy for the first goal of the day.
“She’s a threat in our league,” said second-year head coach Cailin DiGiacomo of McKoy. “If you give her space, she’s going to take it. She does a great job on and off the field as a leader.”
The lead didn’t last long as Friends’ Central held the majority of possession for the rest of the match. In the 15th minute, Senior captain Emily Lorry snuck a shot past GFS senior keeper, Hyunji Kim, tying the game up at 1-1.
In the 32nd minute, Porta McKoy found herself in a possible scoring situation, but was ultimately denied by the tough Friends Central defense. The score remained tied heading into halftime.
Central freshman midfielder Jordyn Paszamant became a thorn in Kim’s and the rest of the GFS defense’s side in the second half.
In the 44th minute, Paszamant got a shot just out of the reach of Kim’s hands to give Central the lead 2-1. Central would maintain that lead and extend upon it in the 76th minute. Paszamant again found the goal for her second of the day, leading Central to a 3-1 victory.
“It was a hard-fought battle. This was a game where we knew we were going to get a smaller amount of chances, and we just didn’t execute them today and Friends’ Central did and I think it came down to that”, said DiGiacomo on the outcome of the game. “I thought we played it really well against them and I thought they had a tougher game than they expected.”
The loss for GFHS moved them to 1-5-1 overall and 1-2 in the Friends School League. Friends’ Central moved to 4-5 overall on the season.