Girls soccer: Allyson Goodrich makes it a good night for Mustangs
By John O’Malley Post-Tribune correspondent September 12, 2013 11:19PM
Munster's Renee Rumas walks off the field after receiving a yellow card at Munster High School on Thursday September 12, 2013. | Jim Karczewski\For Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 12, 2013 11:28PM
MUNSTER — Time was dwindling down, but Munster’s Allyson Goodrich and Jessica Flores revved up.
Goodrich took a rebound off the foot of Flores at 77:29 and booted it past Valparaiso goalie Cami Holford, helping the Mustangs (4-2-3) earn a 3-3 tie with the Vikings (4-2-2) in a banner nonconference clash Thursday night.
“I’m proud of the girls,’’ Munster coach Val Pflum said. “They never gave up, they kept fighting and they came out of it with a tie, so I’m pretty happy with that.
“We just didn’t do a very good job of winning the ball in the air, especially in the first half tonight. At least we woke up near the end of the game. When we started to come around offensively, it was the result of finally doing what we were supposed to be doing to begin with.’’
Valparaiso took a 1-0 lead at 22:10, when an own goal by the Mustangs occurred following a defensive breakdown and poor communication.
Goodrich, who led Munster with two goals, then scored on a penalty kick — beating Valparaiso starting goalie Kristina Veljovic in the right corner and tying the game 1-1, at 35:33.
Goodrich’s PK came after a foul was called when Flores was taken down inside the box.
The Vikings’ Ashley Thomas then scored on a long kick outside the box off an assist from Hannah Walsh at 37:35, giving Valparaiso a 2-1 halftime lead.
Munster’s Lexie Lyons tied the game at 2-2 less than a minute into the second half (40:46) off an assist from Sammi Koufos.
“I thought we had a very strong first half,’’ Valparaiso coach Rob Cespesdes said. “My hope was to continue that into the second half, but I think we got a little too excited and lost focus on those things that had made us so successful in the first half.’’
The Vikings answered Lyons’ tying goal less than a minute later, however, as Lexie Ferngren scored off an assist from Grace Withrow for a 3-2 lead.
The score remained that way until Flores and Goodrich combined their talents to tie the game with 2:31 left.
“In the second half, they (Mustangs) were connnecting their passes and starting to make more of an attack offensively than in the first half,’’ Cespesdes said.