Two goals in the last 10 minutes of play lifted Goose Creek Memorial over Angleton 4-2 in the New Year’s Kickoff Classic soccer tournament championship match on Saturday afternoon in Angleton.
Two late goals before halftime put Angleton behind 3-1.
Goose Creek took advantage of its possession game to take the lead with less than nine minutes before halftime. Tania Rodriguez laid in a perfectly weighted pass down the left side for Hailey Pequeno. Pequeno then put in a hard and low cross across the face of the goal that found Ariana Velez who took a one-touch finish for a 2-1 lead.
Less than a minute later the Lady Patriots were on the attack again with Rodriguez on the ball. Her pass found Kayleen Figuroa in stride who touched it onto her left foot in the box and a swift cut back to her right foot created space in the box for her to get the shot off low to the near post. The shot was able to sneak in with an awkward bounce to give the Lady Patriots the 3-1 lead going into halftime.
Less than two minutes into the second half, the Ladycats got within a goal of Goose Creek.
Angleton continued to fight for the equalizer, but with 23 minutes to go, Goose Creek effectively ended the comeback hope. A ball in the box led to multiple players jumping for a header and Angleton committed a foul and gave away a penalty. Fatima Medrano stepped up and powered the ball in with her left for the two-goal lead.
Goose Creek almost scored again two minutes later when Kennedy Tristan hit the crossbar, but the Lady Wildcats cleared the miss.
Goose Creek got on the board early through Rodriguez who controlled in the box around several defenders and cut onto her right past them. Her low shot then found the bottom left corner as they led 1-0 five minutes into the match.
The Lady Patriots play Sam Rayburn at 7:30 p.m. today in Baytown.