Jan 27 – Girls Soccer Dons Tie College Park 2-2 – Again!
The Acalanes Dons opened the second half of Diablo Athletic League play and came away with the same result as in the League opener – a 2-2 tie. While the Dons came back late in the opener, this time it was the visitors from College Park who scored twice in the last 13 minutes to level the match.
The Dons spent most of the first half in control of the match – albeit in their defensive end. The back line of center backs Molly Davis and Sam Bell and outside backs Jessie Carlin, Jade Sadoff, and Mea Mitchell along with holding midfielder Callie Ericksen put up a solid, ball controlling defense which tested keeper Sophia Giordano. Giordano turned back the single genuine threat with a terrific saving punch of the ball. Most of the offense for the Dons in the first half came on counter attacks and through balls. In the 22nd minute, Kierra Krawec sent a long diagonal through ball to a streaking Caroline Clark who converted it into the Dons’ first goal from the left side. Clark had the Dons nearest miss of the first half when her later shot was deflected by the keeper off the crossbar.
The second half opened very differently. The Dons dominated the first 25 minutes by consistently possessing and pushing in their offensive end. That work paid off in the 58th minute when Krawec found Emily Smith on the right side and Smith definitively drove home the second goal for a 2-0 lead. Perhaps the Dons took the foot off the pedal at that point or College Park became more urgent, but the match became much more balanced at that point with each team trading offensive surges toward the goal. College Park converted their first goal in the 67th minute with a goal from the right side. Uncontent to sit on their lead, the Dons responded with multiple offensive pushes, many of which featured a streaking Allison Merrill down the left side. On one such run, with only the keeper in front of Merrill, she was taken down from behind just outside the box in a foul which drew only a yellow card. As the Dons pushed their own attack, College Park would counter. One such counter led to a left side corner kick inside of two minutes which tied the match and led to the final score of 2-2.
The tie brings the Dons’ League record to 2-2-2. They play again today on the road at Heritage in a non-league contest at 1:00.