On Wednesday evening the Lady Hot Dog soccer team made the short trip to Sheridan for a varsity only game. It didn’t take long for the Lady Hot Dogs to get on the board against a younger Sheridan team when Senior Liz Cruz Sandoval displayed her footwork with the ball and dribbled through the Sheridan team to then take an incredibly close shot 3 minutes into the game.
However, after that, the Blackhawks woke up and started to play some aggressive passing oriented game; with the Lady Dogs mentally not in the game yet after scoring the first goal so easily. It took a while for the Dogs to score again but finally did after another Liz shot was deflected by the Sheridan goalie but thanking Junior Bianca Garcia was there to clean up the rebound slotting it behind a recovering Sheridan defense for her 1st career goal; putting the Lady Dogs up 2-0.
The Hot Dogs kept finding shots in the first half but they couldn’t find the back of the netting so the half-time score remained 2-0 in favor of the Lady Hot Dogs. Sheridan came out of half-time with a different plan and started to double & even triple-team Liz to force other girls to pick up the slack. This was found once again when Liz managed to take a shot that might have gone in on its own but Bianca was there to push it across the goal line for her 2nd goal of the game putting the Lady Dogs up 3-0.
However, Sheridan finally managed to overwhelm the Hot Dog defense when they caught the Lady Dogs overloaded on one side of the field on a counter-attack and found the back of the net with about 22 minutes left to play.
The Lady Hot Dogs managed to extend their lead back to 3 when Sophomore Defender Abril Hernandez found Freshman Nataly Cruz open and fed her a pass that she put into the back of the net. The final score was 4-1 on a night when the Hot Dogs didn’t have their best game but still managed to find a way to win.
The win brings the Lady Hot Dogs’ record to 5-1 on the season with their next game on Thursday (9/3) when both the Varsity & JV play host to the Northwestern Tigers.
Stats from the Game (Season Total)
Liz Cruz Sandoval 1 (9)
Bianca Garcia 2 (1st & 2nd career goals)
Nataly Cruz 1 (5)
Liz Cruz Sandoval 1 (4)
Abril Hernandez 1 (1)
Jessie Ramos 6 (16)