Rotterdam – Down a goal at the start of the first half, Schalmont senior Gianna Visucci was not going to give up without a fight against crosstown rival Mohonsen on Friday afternoon.
Viscusi scored the next three goals in a 3–1 victory over Cébres, reducing his overall Colonial Council record to 8–0. After Mohonassen’s Caitlin Hodge started Friday’s scoring with a goal at the start of the first half, Visucci tied the contest late in the first half, tying the competition before halftime.
“He scored early, which made us a little tired, but getting the goal brought us back into the game, reminding us that we can do it,” Visucci said.
“It took them a while to settle down. We got glimpses in the first half and eventually we started finding legs, finding places, scoring runs and playing football and possession a little more that we like to play,” said Shawlmont coach Ryan Fries said.
Chalmont (8-0 Colonial Council, 10-2 on aggregate) maintained a massive second half and took the lead on Visucci’s header from Gabriela Amoroso’s corner kick with 15:53 remaining.
The Warriors (7–1–1 league, 8–1–1 overall) appeared in the competition converting a straight kick with 12:34, but the score was rejected when a referee ruled that a Mohansen player. interfered with the Shalmont goalkeeper. Georgia Clark.
“As soon as we found out [it didn’t count]’I think that really inspired us even more and made sure we wouldn’t let this happen again,'” Visucci said.
Visucci was determined to add another goal for the Sabres.
“A 2-1 lead is never a very comfortable position, so we knew we had to get another one,” Visucci said. “I was not thinking of a hat-trick; I wanted someone else to fall into that trap and it happened to me.
With 6:25 remaining, Simone Cassano sent an indirect on goal and Visucci was there to score.
Mohanassen’s coach Clint Demaier said his team would learn from their first defeat in the league.
“I know these girls. I know they’re upset, that they know they could have done better today,” Demire said. “Their midfield makes it difficult for us to move on today, they have some very talented girls. We backtracked a little bit and we were trying to find opportunities to expand, and we just couldn’t find them.
For Fries’ team, the rivalry’s victory will boost Saber’s momentum going forward.
“I’m glad they were able to do the things we talked about and glad they didn’t get stuck in their heads,” he said. “They ended up working as a team, finding legs, finding space, scoring runs and being there for each other. Once we were able to do that everything was fine.”
Halftime: 1-1 draw. Mohansen Scoring: Hodge 1-0. Shalmont Scoring: Visucci 3-0, Cassano 0-1, Amoroso 0-1. Goalkeepers: Mohonassen, Gulbrandsen, 11 saved. Shalmont, Clark, saves 5.
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