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LeFever leads the way with two goals

HEADING into their Interscholastic Middle School Girls' Soccer League match yesterday, the Jose L.G. Rios Lady Voyagers were looking to notch their first win of the season. Motivated by their family, friends and school staff, the Lady Voyagers showed up to the Agueda Johnston Middle School field ready for a mission. At the end of regulation time, the Voyagers accomplished what they set out to do and defeated the Lady Pirates 4-1.

"We just wanted to show everyone that we are a good team and just prove to our family, friends and teachers that we can do it," said JLGR's Davie-Rae LeFever.

The first few minutes of the game seemed pretty slow as neither team was able to get the ball away from the middle of the field. However, in the 10th minute of play, the Lady Voyagers struck first with the game's first goal. After freeing herself from a tough Pirates defense, Sheena Vista managed to send a shot that deflected off the upright and past the Agueda goalkeeper for a 1-0 lead.

The one-goal deficit didn't prevent the Lady Pirates from playing their game. Using their strength in speed, Agueda was able to push the ball downfield and created opportunities for shots-on-goal. In the 21st minute, a handball penalty by the Voyagers awarded their opponents a penalty kick. A nicely placed shot by Shania Spindel allowed the Pirates to equalize the game at 1-1.

For the remainder of the first half, things looked like both teams were gonna go into the break knotted up. However, a few minutes before halftime, the Pirates suffered a break on the communication lines inside the box. An untimely kick by Anisa Topasna caused the ball to go to a different direction and past her own goalkeeper for the own goal to give JLGR a 2-1 lead.

"Agueda is a really good team, so being able to have a lead at the half just made us more comfortable and we just told each other to have fun," Vista said.

Second half

Second-half action began with both teams playing rather aggressive on both sides of the field. The Pirates worked hard to try and tie the game on every possession. However, a tough and scrappy Voyagers defense denied any chances. In the 42nd minute, it was the Voyagers who upped their lead after LeFever found the back of the net, making it a 3-1 game.

Playing with a great deal of adrenaline, the Lady Voyagers weren't ready to settle for a two-goal lead. Two minutes after scoring her first goal, LeFever notched her second goal of the game to put her team up 4-1. The remainder of the match would go with neither posting anymore goals. At the sound of three whistles, the Lady Voyagers celebrated their first win of the season.

"It's a good feeling and a great win, especially when you challenge a very good team like Agueda. When it comes to soccer, you always have to respect them," Vista said.

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