Girls Soccer Finished with Draw in HB Home Game
Joey Randazzo

In a game that could have been a WRA victory, the Pioneers finished with a 1-1 draw.

On Wednesday September 21st, the Western Reserve Academy Pioneers Girls Soccer team took on the Hathaway Brown Blazers for the Pioneers' ninth match of the season. It was sure to be an exciting matchup as the Pioneers looked to maintain their home winning streak after defeating Laurel in the Stadium exactly one week prior. With the return of sophomore Ky Hau-Golden, out since the end of August with an ankle injury, the team was energized.

WRA started with freshman goalkeeper Matilda Lawlor in the net. With the defensive line of juniors Sarah Agnew and Bella Sanders and seniors Maddie Aliff and Rebecca Rubiano, the Pioneers played some of their most organized and cohesive play of the season. Although much of the game throughout the first half of the game was played on the Pioneers half of the field, possession remained equal between Reserve and Hathaway Brown. At the end of the first 40 minutes of play, the score was tied 0-0, and each team had four shots on goal. Lawlor took away three saves. This closely contested match is the first one this season for the Pioneers where no goals had been scored by either team in the first half.

In the second half, junior goalkeeper Alondra Iriarte and freshman defender Bridget Lardie were swapped into the lineup. The Blazers came out of their halftime huddle hungry for a goal. After 15 minutes in the second half, in a moment where the Pioneers communication broke down, Hathaway Brown had an opportunity from wide. They secured the opening and put the ball into the side netting positioning the Blazers up 1-0. While in other prior games the Pioneers broke down after letting an opponent score, that did not happen in this match. With her return to play, Hau-Golden was hoping to secure a goal in the game. Minutes after the Blazers scored, she shot on frame and put the ball behind their keeper. The Pioneers started to celebrate, but the referees did not see that the ball had gone in the net and allowed play to continue. While frustrating, the Pioneers still didn’t give up. With less than 10 minutes left in the game, senior Anna Eisamen cleared the ball over the flat Hathaway Brown defense which allowed junior Jazi Gonzalez to use her speed to run onto the ball and beat the goalkeeper in a break away.

In a game that could have been a WRA victory, the Pioneers finished with a 1-1 draw. The girls’ squad will play at home again on Monday September 26th against Berea-Midpark High School at 5pm.