Red Hawks come from behind to beat UC Merced
Simpson University Sports News
REDDING, Calif. - The Lady Red Hawks soccer team sent their two seniors out in style on Wednesday, Oct. 31, when they beat the Bobcats from UC Merced in a 3-2 come-from-behind victory. It was the last home game for Red Hawk seniors Bethany Dunlap and Rebecca Borrelli.
The game did not get off to the start that the Red Hawks were hoping for. The Bobcats were awarded a penalty in the 18th minute after Bethany Dahl shoved a Bobcat attacker in the back. Angelica Nava converted the penalty to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead. The Red Hawks, however, responded with an equalizing goal from Natalie Goens in the 22nd minute. Things then went wrong again for the Red Hawks when Borrelli went down with an apparent season ending knee injury just before the half time break.
In the second half, the Red Hawks came out strong and it wasn't long before Nicole Goens put the Red Hawks in the lead when she got in behind the Bobcat defense and slotted home the go-ahead goal in the 48th minute. Goens wasn't finished yet, as she made it 3-1 Red Hawks in the 57th minutes. Kyra Nevard passed a great ball that was played through to free up Goens, who shrugged off multiple defenders and was then able to put the ball past Bobcat goal keeper Valerie Presiado. The Bobcats made the game interesting when Rachel Bachem scored with just 12 minutes remaining to make it 3-2. The Red Hawks were able to hold off any scoring threat after that and secured the 3-2 victory.
With her two goals Nicole Goens was named the man of the match, while her sister Natalie also had an outstanding performance. Dahl more than made up for the penalty that she gave up with some incredible defending to help preserve the Red Hawk lead.
The Red Hawks now will set their sights on their final game of the season, when they travel to Atherton, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 3, to take on the Oaks from Menlo College at 1 p.m.
Story by Dan Anderson
Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.