GFS’ Lily Seldin on the move. (Photo by Alex Boyd)

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.