Nature Coast Technical High School Varsity Girls Soccer loses a two goal cushion as they leave Hudson High School with a tie. In a game filled with speculative shots and strange calls from the referees, neither team could find a winning touch to claim all the honors on the night. The game was mostly balanced as Hudson had a slight control of the field, while NCT had the more potent attack and final ball. Small little errors and breakdowns by both teams helped each team find success for three goals.
The opening part of the game found NCT out of rhythm and after 10 minutes of wild Hudson shots, the Cobras finally snagged a goal. After a clip over the GK bounced off the crossbar, the ball was slotted home on the rebound, 1-0 Hudson. NCT created two fine 1v1 chances, but were stopped by the Cobra GK. In the 24th minute NCT found the net via sophomore Mia DeRonda. DeRonda pounced on a bouncing ball in the box after a corner, and then volleys in a nice little shot above the keeper’s head from 10 yards out, 1-1 Tie. In the 33 minute, NCT took the lead after sophomore Kennedy Weissman picked out sophomore Riana McAdam in the box with a pull back cross. McAdam’s shot took a slight deflection on the way through from 15 yards out but still found the net, 2-1 NCT. Another goal 1 minute from halftime extended the Shark lead. Senior Marina Augugliaro picked up a Weissman pass and curled a beautiful 22 yard shot over the head of the GK, 3-1 NCT.
Nature Coast looked very sharp after the second half but were stopped by a combination of good saves, bad offsides calls, and last ditch defending by the Cobras. The Cobras proceeded to score directly from a corner kick in the 55th minute after not really creating much of a threat, 3-2 NCT. On 60 minutes they found another goal after a few errors by Shark defenders found the Cobras slipped through on goal. A fine finish later and the Sharks find themselves level on the night, 3-3 Tie. Hudson looked strong for another 5 minutes, but ultimately the game settled down with neither team really pushing hard for a winner.
Nature Coast will finish the calendar year with a record of 7-2-2. They return on January 7th to take on defending regional runner-up Land O’ Lakes High School on the road. The Sharks are on pace to score more goals in a season than they ever have in the past. Half way through the season the Sharks have 3 players in double digit goals and 3 players with 7 or more assists.
Goals: Mia DeRonda, Riana McAdam, Marina Augugliaro
Assists: Kennedy Weissman (2)
Saves: Alexa Kraus (7)