Six minutes into the first half of Tuesday night’s intra-county Sierra Valley Conference soccer match against El Dorado, Jimena Jovel scored her first goal. Three minutes into the second half, the Union Mine forward scored again on a pass from Sonya Watson, leading the D’backs over the host Cougars 2-0.
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“She knew where the ball was going to go,” said Union Mine head coach Teri Akers of Jovel’s shots. “The hustle was fantastic.”
Akers was pleased with the Diamondbacks’ performance in passing the ball, short and long-range.
“I thought we were serving the ball well tonight,” Akers said. “When we moved the ball out to the middle, I thought (the ball) flowed really well. I thought my girls played great offensively.”
El Dorado head coach Chris Herman was happy with his team’s hustle on defense and chances on moving the ball toward Union Mine’s net.
“I think we are becoming more accustomed with one another, understanding each other’s roles on defense,” Herman said. “We’re communicating a lot better. I think we’re passing a lot better and we’re opening the field a little bit more.”
Injuries plagued the Cougars at the start of the season; Herman had only one player for substitution. But in Tuesday’s game, he had three.
“It’s been nice to have a little bit more flexibility,” Herman said.
Cougar midfielder Gaby O’Connor, one of three captains on the team with Triniti Esparaza and Kaylynn Cuddy, was all over the field for El Dorado. Setting up the offensive attack, O’Connor displayed solid control of the ball and had two of the Cougars’ four shots on goal to go along with five steals on defense.
“I’m proud of these girls,” Herman said. “They are working hard. They realize that the season is a journey and we’re going to get better.”
Goalie Karla Reyes had eight saves for El Dorado.
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