The scrimmage against University of Antelope Valley was a blowout win ending with a score of 4-0. This game was also on Army ROTC night, so most of the Army cadets were at the game showing their Eagle spirit the entire game. This game was played on the smaller lower field with a mobile rock climbing wall just off the field for the Army cadets to climb on. The game started off with a somewhat even spread of possession and interceptions. With an early goal, the tide turned very quickly.
The first half saw very strong defense from the Lady Eagles, giving Antelope Valley only two shots on goal. At 10 minutes, forward Kalyn Goodenough shot the first goal of the game. This goal was assisted by midfielder Chelsea Page. This goal immediately prompted all of the Army ROTC members in attendance to do a set of pushups. The rest of the first half was spent mostly on Antelope Valley’s side of the field, since our Lady Eagles were playing such a strong offense. There were two more attempts on goal from our side and none from Antelope Valley. Midfielder Sidney Jones saw a lot of playing time and had some fantastic plays. She was quick with the ball and showed off her light touch when passed to.
The second half was dominated by ERAU, led by forward Kalyn Goodenough. After one shot on goal only one minute into the half, there was a goal by Goodenough at 54 minutes. Only two minutes later, another goal was made by Goodenough, bringing the score up to 3-0. Then, after a shot on goal from our team and a shot on goal from Antelope Valley, a yellow card was called on Amanda Bennett. After two more shots from the Lady Eagles and one shot from Antelope Valley, forward Amie Jepsen was awarded a penalty kick. She made the shot, increasing the lead to 4-0. The Lady Eagles finished the game strong with two more shots on goal, both at 89 minutes to end the game with a final score of 4-0.
When asked about the game, coach Todd Poitras explained that the Lady Eagles had an okay game. He was not disappointed since the field was wet and smaller than their usual field. Since this was a scrimmage, he was using it as a chance to give everyone on the team playing time and try different combinations. Midfielder Chelsea Page had a similar opinion of the game. She exclaimed, “We didn’t play as well as we wanted but just like scrimmages are supposed to do, it gave us more time to work on formation and such.”
Throughout the entire game, there were nothing but cheers and chants coming from the Army ROTC cadets who showed their excitement and school spirit. Overall, the game was a success since the Lady Eagles won in a blowout, however the opinions of the players and coach infer a very competitive and successful season this year.