SEBRING – The Sebring Blue Streaks girls soccer team overcame a two-goal deficit to beat the DeSoto Bulldogs by a score of 4-3 on Monday night at Firemen’s Field.
The hard-fought victory improved the Blue Streaks to 3-5 on the season.
“This was not a district game,” said Sebring Head Coach TC Lackey. “But it is one of our toughest games outside of the district. We are young, but we are starting to get some things together. It’s looking pretty good right now.”
Sebring started out strong, having three shot opportunities in the first seven minutes, the first going wide right and the other two being blocked by the Bulldogs.
Despite the early pressure by Sebring, it was DeSoto that struck first as Vickie Gonzalez was able to break through the Sebring defensive back line and score the first goal of the game from about 10 yards out to put the Bulldogs up 1-0 nine minutes into the game.
DeSoto expanded its lead ten minutes later when Maria Vargas booted a 30-yard free kick over the Sebring goalkeeper’s head to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead.
Sebring answered with 12:15 left in the first half with its first goal on a shot by Phoebe Lackey to trim the Bulldogs lead in half, 2-1.
Lackey nearly scored again two minutes later, taking the shot at goal from the right side, the ball hit the top rail of the goal and bounced back out in the field. Nyasia Lilly happened to be in the right spot for the ricochet to score for Sebring and tie the game at 2.
Sebring took its first lead 14 minutes into the second half when Arely Marin pushed the ball down the left side past the DeSoto defensive line.
Marin had the option to pass center or take the shot, she took the shot about 15 yards out for the goal to give Sebring a 3-2 lead.
DeSoto tied the game at 3 with 17 minutes left as Gonzalez scored her second goal of the game on a 20-yard shot from the left side.
Sebring took the lead for good at 4-3 with 12 minutes left in the game as Lilly scored her second goal of the game on a 20-yard shot that glanced off the Bulldogs goalkeeper’s outstretched hands.
DeSoto hand one decent scoring opportunity that it could not convert as the Blue Streaks held on to the 4-3 win.
Lackey noted that it was a good night, they were able to get the freshmen some playing time and pointed out the Evelyn Perez, who plays every position except goalie, really stepped up her game.
“She had two assists, played defense, mid and forward,” Coach Lackey said. “She did it all tonight.”
Sebring is on the road the rest of this week, having played Poinciana on Tuesday and the Blue Streaks are at Hardee on Thursday night.
Sebring will be home on Monday when the Blue Streaks host the Lake Placid Green Dragons.