It’s no secret. The team that enters the second half with the lead has the pyschological edge.
On Tuesday, that edge belonged to the Arlington High School girls soccer team. Haleigh Schanz scored off an assist from Rachael Moran to put the visiting Admirals on the board in the final minute of the first half, and Arlington went on to a 3-0 victory over Roy C. Ketcham.
“(Ketcham) had a lot of energy, but scoring that goal right before the half was huge for us,” Arlington coach Kieran McIlvenny said.
The Admirals’ edge only sharpened as Molly Feighan, assisted by Moran, poured one in a minute into the second half. Molly Sobolewski added a goal at the 48-minute mark off an assist by Michaela Fasalino to seal the win.
Arlington’s Becky Gold had three saves, while Jasmine Pesante had eight saves for Ketcham.
“I felt Ketcham played really well,” McIlvenny said. “Coach (Rachel) Cerrone has a very young team, very organized and it was tough for us to break them down.”
McIlvenny specifically credited Pesante for “making some great saves.”
“Our schedule has been very tough, but we’re looking forward to our (upcoming match with Goshen) and hopefully we play as well as we have been.”
Arlington visits Goshen at 4:30 p.m. on Thusday.
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