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IT WAS business as usual for two teams on Saturday afternoon during their IIAAG High School Girls Soccer League matchup. The Notre Dame Royals made their trek north to take on the Harvest Christian Academy Eagles at the Eagles soccer field. Unlike their first two matches of the season, the Royals had a tougher time getting by the Eagles, but nonetheless picked up a 3-1 victory to remain unbeaten in the season.
In the early parts of the game, Tiffany Judicpa opened up with a roar and struck first, putting the game’s first goal past Harvest goalkeeper Delores Santos to take a 1-0 lead. The Royals would hold ground defensively for quite some time. However, the Eagles were able to equalize the game later after Felicia Alumbaugh found the back of the goal on a converted penalty kick.
Harvest ran into a bit of bad news in the first half as Santos left the field with an injury, forcing teammate Megan Temerowski to step in.
Both the Eagles and Royals played well defensively and held one another scoreless for the remainder of the opening half. Heading into the halftime break, both teams would find themselves knotted at 1-1.
With the second half underway, the Royals had an opportunity to take the lead in the game when Jonimonay Tedpahogo was awarded a penalty kick. However, Temerowski was alert and denied the chance for a Royals goal.
Later in the half, Notre Dame’s Isabella Shimizu tagged up with teammate Demi-Rae Shimizu and was credited with an assist when Demi-Rae Shimizu converted a perfect pass into a score.
The Eagles had their chances in the second half to tie the game once again. However, the Notre Dame defense was golden as they held the Eagles to two shots-on-goal.
With less than five minutes left in the game, Notre Dame’s Joneen Terlaje just about shut the door on Harvest as she zipped the ball past the Eagles’ goalkeeper for a 3-1 lead.
Despite a comeback rally attempt led by Harvest’s Phoebe Minato, the Eagles fell short as the final whistle of play was blown, giving the Royals the win.
With the victory, the Royals improve their league record to 3-0-0 while the Eagles drop to 0-2-1. In other action, the George Washington Geckos defeated the John F. Kennedy Lady Islanders, 3-1.