The temperatures finally reached 80 degrees when the Bishop LeBlond and Benton girls took the field at Eagle Stadium on Tuesday.
After a scoreless first half, the Cardinals came out strong in the second frame to claim a 3-1 victory over the Golden Eagles.
“I thought it was a good solid game,” Benton assistant coach Rick Williams said. “I knew (LeBlond) would be tough; they’re always good.”
The dry spell ended in the second half when Benton was awarded a penalty kick. LeBlond defender Olivia Elliot fouled Carsyn Osborn inside penalty box.
“Carsyn got fouled and I asked her if she wanted to take it, but she said, ‘No, you got it,’” Benton midfielder Jayde Williams said.
The senior took the penalty shot and put the Cardinals in the lead with a goal into the left corner.
LeBlond struck back just seconds later. Reagan McChristy dribbled on a fast break to the opposite net where she scored past goalie Jaida Cox.
With about 24 minutes left on the clock, Williams crossed the ball to the top of the penalty box where Malia Johnson settled it before placing it into the upper right hand corner of the net.
Osborn scored Benton’s third goal with about four minutes to spare.
“This was the first game where it was really hot out and we had to battle some injuries so I thought we pushed through and played really hard,” Williams said.
Despite the warm temperatures, both teams stayed hydrated and continued to hustle until the final second.
“Our girls have been coached and trained to be able to play 90 minutes,” Rick Williams said. “It was a good opportunity for us.”
Tuesday’s matchup was the first meeting between the two teams this season.
Benton (4-2) and LeBlond (0-6) are set to play next on Thursday. The Cardinals will travel to Savannah while LeBlond visits Cameron.