Phoenix Desert Vista forward Rachel Ressler is a dangerous player. Speedy, agile and aggressive, she’s a hard to predict and hard to defend.
She’s exactly the kind of player you want in your corner when the game is on the line, and she proved why Friday night.
Ressler scored the game-winning goal in the 48th minute of Friday night’s match against Phoenix Notre Dame Prep and helped Desert Vista to a 2-1 victory at home.
With the match tied 1-1 and time dwindling down, Desert Vista’s Kayla Weeks took a free kick from left side of the field that bounced right out of the hands of Notre Dame’s goalkeeper. Ressler was there to take advantage of the second chance and scored on an easy, short shot with 1:24 left in the game.
“I just had a feeling that the goalie was going to drop it,” she said. “So I just had to follow through and it went in.”
Desert Vista coach Marvin Hypolite said Ressler is the type of player who never quits.
“She’s hungry,” he said. “I tell her to stay hungry and don’t ever settle.”
Desert Vista had plenty of chances in the first half but was unable to capitalize on any of them. After a scoreless first half, Hypolite said he talked to his team about executing.
“After about 13 chances in the half when nothing went in, we definitely have to have our eyes open and execute,” he said. “You’ve got to rely on your chances, strike the iron while it’s hot.”
Desert Vista wasted little time in the second half. Hannah Steven scored on a penalty kick in the 44th minute. Notre Dame would answer back in the 56th minute with a goal by Michelle Mahoney to tie things up 1-1.
Ressler said she is unaffected by missed chances and constantly looks forward to the next.
“I just keep my head up,” she said. “I forget about if I just missed, even though there’s two minutes left and I may have missed a perfect opportunity. I just forget about it. I know I’m going to get it next time.”