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FC pulls out 2-1 win against Parlier in OT

GIRLS’ SOCCER SPORT SHORTS, 2011-12–
For a simple overview of scores and upcoming games, check the Winter sport box scores, 2011-12, for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.

Be sure to visit the 2011-12 girls’ soccer schedule, home page, or check out Maxpreps.com. FC is currently 3-4 in the West Sequoia League and 7-10-1 overall as of Jan. 30. The Eagles will next travel to Riverdale, Feb. 3, and will host Tranquillity, Feb. 6.

EAGLES FIND DETERMINATION TO WIN IN OT, 2-1–Jan. 30.
Despite starting off with little enthusiasm in the first half, and giving the Parlier Panthers a 1-0 lead going into the second half, the Eagles were able to muster up one goal, tying the game and leading into overtime where FC came out with a win, 2-1, Jan. 30.

The majority of the first half was slow for both teams as no one scored, but as the end of the first closed in, the Panthers scored on a roll into the goal, leading the game 1-0.

FC refocused their efforts during half and came out strong against Parlier in the second. The Eagles fought to keep the Panthers off their side of the field and successfully shut down their offense.

Just before the first ended, the Eagles took the ball to the Panther?s box, where a scramble for possession took place. Junior Brianna Walker and sophomore Mikayla Messer worked together to score the goal, and tie the game 1-1, leading into overtime.

With the team?s struggle to start off strong, sophomore Annaleah Madison acknowledges the Eagle?s effort and accomplishment of picking up their game in the second half and in overtime.

?I think during the second half and in overtime we really picked it up by passing more, talking more and playing a lot more aggressively,? Madison said. ?I knew it was going to be a really close game but the team realized that we needed to pick it up, and that?s what we did in the end.?

Amidst the battle between the teams, the Panther?s goalie was injured, experiencing a concussion. The player was moved off the field and later taken away by paramedics. A back up goalie came in, but was later taken out due to an unknown injury, and then replaced by another player.

Within the two 10 minute halves of overtime, both teams were pushing hard to outplay the other. In the second half of overtime, the Eagles received a free kick for a foul made on them. Freshman Gabby Siqueiros took the kick, lobbing it over the defense, and scoring a goal, which led to FC?s 2-1 win.

Although FC began the game with a lack of energy, coach Tony Martinez saw the girls? determination to come through and finish strong.

?We started out flat and with little enthusiasm in the first half, but in the second half the team started to pick their game up and we were able to force them into overtime,? Martinez said. ?At that point I knew we could pull it off. The girls reached deep down and came together in overtime and we finished strong.?

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