As the season enters its final weeks, first year Bishop LeBlond coach Danielle Beers reached an important milestone.
With a last minute 2-1 victory over Lafayette on Monday at Alumni Field, the Golden Eagles managed their first win over a city opponent this season.
Beers discussed the importance of LeBlond (2-8) crawling out of a deficit in a low-scoring affair.
“It says a lot when you can come back from down 0-1 in a tight game,” Beers said. “I think it says a lot about what this team is trying to do going forward and sticking with it through an entire game.”
At the end of the first half, the two teams were scoreless. But it wasn’t for lack of attempts. Both teams had numerous scoring opportunities and several close calls. Shot inaccuracy of just a few inches was enough to spare the defenses of both teams time and time again, until Fighting Irish junior Rylee Alden finally connected on a shot just inside the box in the 58th minute.
The Eagles needed their fortunes to turn, and for their opportunities to finally translate to goals. Thankfully, it was just a matter of time.
Sophomore Olivia Elliott tied up the game with just six minutes to play in regulation, seemingly sending the game into regulation.
Enter fellow sophomore Reese Robertson, who’s long-range snipe in the 79th minute all but dashed expectations of an extra period and won the game for LeBlond in shocking fashion.
Lafayette coach Patrick Shuman wasn’t shy in praise of the shot that lost the Irish the game.
“That second goal, that was such a great one touch shot. You could hear it in the crowd just how good of a shot that was,” Shuman said. “Our goalkeeper’s pretty good, so for her to miss that one she had to put some pace on that ball. So tip of the hat to her, that was such a great shot.”
Robertson said their late game offensive performance was a long time coming.
“A lot of those balls weren’t going in early, but eventually we were able to come together as a team and make that happen,” Robertson said. “I didn’t know what to think (when I made the shot), I was as shocked as everyone else. Jus really excited mostly, glad I could be there for my team.“
Notching just their second win of the season, Beers hopes to ride this momentum into a strong finish for the Eagles..
“Even though it’s coming to a close, we want to look and see how we can build forward. I think it’s finally that time where we start really building now that we have a lot of people back,” Beers said. “We want to finish the season the way we will be proud of.”