A two-goal lead at halftime is the most dangerous lead in soccer.
So Arlington High School girls soccer coach Kieran McIlvenny told his team Friday. The Admirals led visiting John Jay by two goals, but didn’t allow any danger to rattle them, as they went on to win, 3-0.
“It (2-0) is a comfortable lead,” McIlvenny said. “When you get out to a 2-0 lead, you can let your guard down. I shared that with my team. But if you get a third goal, it’s hard to come back from.”
And that’s exactly what the Admirals did. Five minutes into the second half, Molly Feighan scored on an assist from Michaela Fasolino. Feighan had scored Arlington’s second goal in the first half on an assist from Kira Murphy.
Murphy scored the Admirals’ first goal in the 22nd minute of the first half, unassisted from 35 yards out.
“Getting that first goal gave the team more confidence,” McIlvenny added.
Becky Gold made three saves in goal for Arlington, which improved to 7-2. Conversely, Brianna Durland made six saves in goal for John Jay.
“It’s always a great matchup against them. They have a great team,” McIlvenny said of the Patriots. “We’ve been working on defending as a unit in practice and saw the success of that today (Friday).”
Arlington visits John Jay-Cross River at 4:15 p.m. Monday. John Jay will host Carmel at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday.
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