Gabriel Richard Coach Matt Carroll wasn’t too concerned when his team came out a little flat to start the game on Tuesday evening at Dearborn Divine Child. After all, it had been a while since the Irish had taken the field because of Easter Break.
“We weren’t very aggressive in the first 10 minutes of the game but played much better in the last 10 minutes and we talked at halftime about carrying that over to the second half,” Carroll said.
The Irish did just that and knocked off the Falcons 1-0. It was the same result as the first time these two teams met to start the season.
Junior Kaleigh Webber scored the game-winner for the Irish.
The shutout was combined effort. Olivia Sprys-Tellner started and played the first half but moved to center back when Julia Kennedy made the short walk over to the soccer field after playing a double-header in softball.
“We played much better in the second half,” Carroll said. “We stopped giving the ball away, played more aggressive and had more possession.”
And all that added up to a victory for the Irish who improved to 3-2-2 on the season.
Richard hosts Gibraltar Carlson on Thursday and Ladywood on Friday. Both games start at 6 p.m.