Houston wins AAA soccer title over Ravenwood

Houston wins AAA soccer title over Ravenwood

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Houston wins AAA soccer title over Ravenwood

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A pair of second-half goals were the difference as Ravenwood fell 3-1 in Saturday’s Class AAA girls soccer finals to Houston, which is ranked No. 3 in the nation.

Trailing 1-0 in the opening eight minutes, Ravenwood (14-2-4) forced a tie at the 12:54 mark as Caroline Fallon controlled a deflection and scored after a Karlie Paschall miss.

“I think we had great intensity early,” said Fallon, who had misfired just three minutes earlier in a similar situation. “We were ready to get that goal back.”

That was Ravenwood’s best offensive threat of the day, as Houston (23-0-1) took a 2-1 lead 11 minutes into the second half on Robyn Pennella’s goal off a Lady Raptor defender at close range.

After being called offsides to nullify a goal six minutes later, Houston closed out its scoring the same way it started — on a Gabby Little goal with Kelsey Pearce assisting, with 14 minutes remaining.

“We did a fantastic job getting back in it,” Ravenwood coach Jose Londono, whose team reached the final after defeating Farragut 3-2 in double overtime. “I thought we were playing very well at the half. We just needed to stay in our game and not get away from who we are.

“We gave fantastic effort. We left here late (Friday) after playing two overtimes. I’m very proud of them.”

Houston coach David Wolff said the semifinals — rescheduled from Thursday to Friday because rain — may have impacted Saturday’s outcome.

“I thought we had the advantage,” said Wolff, whose team defeated Franklin 3-0 in the semifinals. “With them having played late and having played overtime Friday, against a team the caliber of Farragut, and then having to turn around and play again less than 16 hours later …

“I think (the schedule change) made our semifinal harder, but I think it made the finals a little easier for us.”

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