NEW ROCHELLE – It sounds like a lopsided victory – 5-1. Something that maybe could be achieved on cruise control.
But host Ursuline’s fifth goal Friday embodied just how much the Koalas scraped, clawed and, yes, even laid out to win their game vs. White Plains.
No. 5 was put in with just 47 seconds left as senior captain Kelly Callahan dove to tip in a lead pass from fellow senior captain Katie Gies.
The goal was Callahan’s first this season.
“Before the game she said she wanted to score,” Ursuline coach Andrea Gaviria said, adding, “She definitely lays out all the time.”
The win, Ursuline’s first league game, boosted its overall record to 4-2-2, while White Plains dropped to 2-6.
Tigers coach Joan Behrends, whose team was down only 2-1 early in the second half and 3-1 until Ursuline scored with just 5:27 to play, liked that her team marked better as the game progressed.
But she was unhappy about its “ball-watching.”
“I don’t think we were moving well to the ball. We allowed the defense to stand in front and we weren’t anticipating,” she said.
Ursuline senior captain Kay Woodtli, who had a goal and two assists, said, “We’re kind of on an upswing. We’ve just been building.”
She added after going into halftime with a 1-0 lead but getting a scolding from Gaviria about poor positioning, “We pumped ourselves up.”
The score was not indicative of first-year White Plains goalie Jen Ortega-Salazar’s play. She had 16 saves.
“She’s done a remarkable job for someone who’s never played,” Behrends said.
But even when Ortega-Salazar stood tall, Ursuline sometimes capitalized.
Player of the game: Senior Holly Lombino scored to make it 4-1 with 5:27 to play off a Woodtli assist.
Turning point: But it was Lombino’s second-effort assist that proved to be the game’s turning point.
Ortega-Salazar stoned her as she shot from the side of the net with 13:59 left in a 2-1 game. But the ball came back to Lombino, who, instead of shooting again, found Gies (one goal/two assists) open in front of the net for the score.
Stat line: Jillian Farrell had Ursuline’s first-half goal with Woodtli assisting.
Emily Tumminia scored unassisted with 27:24 to play to make it 2-1. That happened less than two minutes after Woodtli’s goal off a corner.
Ursuline goalie Kacey Moyna had four saves.
Ursuline led in corners 5-2.
Quotables: “I liked that this was a complete team effort,” Lombino said. “We haven’t had a game with this many goals scored and multiple touches.”