Girls Soccer Comes Up Short Against Padua
Joey Randazzo

The WRA Girls Soccer team lost another hard-fought match.

On Thursday, the WRA Girls Soccer team traveled to Padua Franciscan High School
to take on the Bruins. After a hard-fought 80 minutes of play, the team lost 3-0 and fell to 2-4 on
the season.
The Bruins started off the match with a fierce effort, testing Pioneer goalkeeper Alondra Iriarte
’24 with three shots on frame in the first five minutes of play. Saves from Iriarte, as well as
defensive coordination from the back line of Bella Sanders ’24, Maddie Aliff ’23, Rebecca
Rubiano ’23, and Sarah Agnew ’24, prevented the Bruins from finding the back of the net, until
a chaotic situation in the box in the 30th minute led to a goal, putting Padua up one. Another
Padua pass snuck behind the defense in the last minute of the first half, and led to a goal that put
the Bruins up 2-0 at the half.
Reenergized by Coach Tara Bowen's halftime talk, the Pioneers returned to the field in the
second half with a renewed energy. Shots on goal by Sarah Agnew and Jazi Gonzalez ’24
changed the momentum, and the squad maintained offensive possession throughout
much of the second half. The Pioneers took two corner kicks to the Bruins' zero corner kicks
throughout the game. Ultimately, Padua found the back of the net one more time before 80
minutes had transpired. The WRA Girls Soccer team lost another hard-fought match. Iriarte
recorded 15 saves on the day, while the Pioneers put two shots on net.
After a three-game stretch on the road, the Pioneers are excited to take on the Laurel
School on Wednesday, September 14th at 5pm at WRA Stadium. The Pioneers look to
secure their third win of the season with home field advantage.