The excuses were ready-made for the Arlington B girls soccer team on Wednesday. Half of its starting lineup was feeling under the weather, and the actual weather didn’t help. It was cold, damp and windy, and the Admirals trailed early.
“This is what makes or breaks a team,” Arlington coach Kelley Hand said. “It’s about how you respond when things aren’t going your way.”
The response was two second-half goals by Jackie Timm and Ashley Cross as the Admirals edged North Salem, 2-1, at home.
Timm scored off a pass from Kayla Napier 15 minutes into the second half. Cross scored the winner 10 minutes later.
Annaliese Tucci booted a high corner kick into the wind and the ball landed near the foot of the goalkeeper. But Cross raced through the box, beat everyone to the loose ball and fired into the net.
“We’ve had some tough games,” Hand said, “but they usually finish strong.”
After a slow start, Arlington B controlled possession for most of the second half, Hand said. Madison Minnow made two saves for the Admirals (7-2), who visit Peekskill at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
“We hadn’t been behind at halftime since early in September,” Hand said. “We could make excuses or we could pull it together and be aggressive.”
Clearly, they chose the latter.