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Greenville’s Alexis Minnich springs into action during a match against Springfield on Thursday.
GREENVILLE – The Greenville girls soccer team suffered a tough loss during their Senior Night on Thursday at Harmon Field.
“It was a tough loss, we let it slip away,” Greenville girls varsity soccer coach Justin Gonzalez said. “We have to play 100 percent the entire game, and unfortunately the last 15 minutes we let our guards down.”
Despite leading for most of the game, the Lady Wave let the win slip from their fingers as Springfield scored three goals in the last 30 minutes, winning 2-3.
Both teams were evenly matched: neither team scored until the last eight minutes of the first half.
“I thought we would have a lot more opportunities tonight and unfortunately we didn’t and that’s part of the game,” Gonzalez said.
Greenville’s Tiah Craig crowded into Springfield’s defense and delivered her team’s first goal.
Three minutes into the second half, Greenville’s Jessica Kerg capitalized on a breakaway for a second goal, and the Wave eased into a secure two-point lead.
Greenville’s Ashton Kester blocked Springfield’s shots all night, but eventually a few got through.
Springfield’s Meghan Prendergast singlehandedly brought her team back into the game and earned a hat-trick for the night.
Prendergast tied it up in the late game, then head-balled the Wildcats’ final goal into the net to seal the win.
Although Greenville lost, each senior got a chance to play on Thursday and the team left with their heads held high after a hard-fought game.
“We had a lot of contributions and effort from our seniors tonight,” Gonzalez said.
Greenville plays against St. Mary’s on Oct. 13 at 4:00 p.m. for their last regular season game.