The Dux girls varsity soccer team showed great resilience and determination at Holland Christian Monday night, and were rewarded with a hard fought evenly matched 3-2 victory in double overtime over the Maroons. Ryleigh Farrell had another great outing in net for the Dux, stopping 11 of 13 shots to help secure the win, including one on a break away and another on a volley back across goal. “Ryleigh made some excellent saves tonight, and gave our back line confidence as the game wore on. She is playing with great confidence right now, and her athleticism helped her make 2 or 3 fantastic saves at crucial points in the match.”
Sam Hecht (SO) scored a hat trick for the Dux, scoring once in the first half, once in the second half, and once in the second overtime period. Hecht’s first goal was set up on a Dux counter attack. Hecht received a ball near midfield and laid it back into Phoebe LaCroix’s (SR) overlapping run on the left hand side of the field. After driving down the left side, LaCroix cut the ball back and slotted a beautiful manageable pass as Hecht drove to the top of the box. After a good first touch, Hecht’s left footed blast sailed under the arm’s of Abby Dykema and into the back of the net, giving the Dux a 1-0 lead.
HC scored an equalizer about 3 minutes later, after a corner kick resulted in a hand ball in the box by the Dux. HC beat Farrell on the ensuing PK to knot the score at 1-1 heading into halftime.
HC took a 2-1 lead off of another corner kick was driven to the near post, and somehow crossed the line without anyone touching it. “The frustrating thing is that we know they can be dangerous on set pieces, and once again, they burned us on a corner kick. We lost mental focus for a half second, and that’s all it takes sometimes.”
With time winding down, the Dux made one final push in the final minute of the game. LaCroix drove the ball across the top of the penalty box and fired a shot that was blocked by an HC defenders hand. Sam Hecht blasted the PK attempt to the right side of Dykema, knotting the score at 2-2 with 19 seconds left in regulation.
The Dux were content to sit back and defend in the first overtime period, but came out with more energy and offensive movement in the second overtime period. Hecht’s third goal came after she received a ball from midfield with her back to the goal, turned to her left and blasted a rocket of a shot into the upper left hand corner of the net, giving the keeper no chance at making a save.
“Emotionally, both teams were spent at the end of the game. Both teams played with great intensity and desire. We have been a resilient team all year, but haven’t always been rewarded with the win. At the end of the match tonight, you could see how important this game was to our players, especially our seniors. Our resiliency paid off tonight, and our defense played solid, not allowing a goal in the run of play. So proud of our entire team. Each person played an important role tonight in securing the win – encouraging, fighting, cheering through the final whistle. We are united, never divided – Go DUX!”
The win is the first in program history against HC, and puts the Dux at 2-1-1 in the OK Green, 4-2-2 overall. The Dux continue conference play when the travel to Hamilton on Wednesday for a 5:30 game.