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IT PROVED to be an uphill battle for the Oceanview Middle School Knights against the F.B. Leon Guerrero Middle School Hawks in an Interscholastic Middle School Girls’ Soccer League game yesterday at the Yigo school’s field.
The 10-2 Hawks, the league’s first-place team, used their athleticism in the second half to unravel the Knights’ defense for a 4-0 victory.
“Our game plan going into the second half was to give it all we had and to play with heart,” Hawks’ Kiara Camacho said. She is credited with two goals in the contest, including the lone goal in the first half. “We had to come into the second half strong to score more goals and keep our team at the top of the league rankings.”
“The Knights’ defense pressured us a lot – they really put up a good fight,” Camacho added.
Camacho broke the scoring ice midway through the first half, connecting on a pass from teammate Hazel Ochavillo who won the ball on an Oceanview throw-in. The Knights defense, led by goalkeeper Ariana Millard, kept the Hawks quiet for the rest of the half.
Although the Knights defense was heavily tested for the duration of the second half, the southern team was able to prevent shot opportunities for the Hawks.
The Hawks, however, took advantage of the Knights’ defensive pressure by capitalizing on violations called against Oceanview in the half. Tayler Naputi scored FB’s first goal of the half, sending a shot on a free kick from the left side. Naputi’s shot was met by Millard’s hands at the goal, but eventually found its way past the goal line.
Moments later, Naputi blasted her second goal of the game on a penalty kick after a hand-ball was called on Oceanview in the box.
Camacho later iced the Hawks’ four-goal shutout victory, finding a gap in Oceanview’s defense on the right side and sending her shot over Millard and into the net minutes before the final whistle.
The Hawks next play Untalan Middle School, whose team also is a contender in the league’s title hunt.
(Information obtained from a press release.)