River City’s Jaylen Crim scored the game’s only goal as the visiting Raiders kept El Dorado winless in the Sierra Valley Conference after Tuesday’s 1-0 victory.
Crim outmaneuvered the Cougar’s sweeper to score in the first half and nearly added one in the second after a nifty fake. El Dorado (0-2) had to fend off a trio of late River City (2-0) corner kicks to stay in the hunt.
“It was a tough, competitive game and both teams played physical,” Cougar coach Chris Herrman said. “Both were fighting to do everything to win. The girls hung in and communicated well — just not enough shots on goal.”
Despite Crim’s score, El Dorado played solid team defense. On the night, the Cougars received strong play from Karla Reyes, Lizzy Alexander, Trinidi Esparza, Jo Cade, Jericho Curtin-Strauss and keeper Kristin Kettenhofen.
Statisically, Reyes had six steals; Gaby O’Connor and Laura Polkinhorn, four each; Kaylynn Cuddy and Curtin-Strauss three apiece; and Kettenhofen had six saves.