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September 3, 2013Rossville Middle High School
Hornets win first-ever invite title
Posted: Saturday, August 31, 2013 7:59 pm
In the short existence of the Rossville girls’ soccer program, the Hornets have never won a tournament title or beaten county rival Frankfort.
That all changed on Saturday. Hornet sophomore Sydney Hrdlicka scored two first-half goals, and Rossville held off a stiff Frankfort challenge in the second half to defeat the Hot Dogs, 2-1, and win the Hot Dog Invitational title.
“With it being the first official trophy that we’ve gotten in Rossville history, we’re all very excited,” Hrdlicka said. “And the seniors, with it being their last year, got all choked up and gave us a speech.
“We feel much improved since the beginning of the season and it’s good to have results.”
Last year’s match also provided a little bit of motivation. Most Rossville players felt like they outplayed the Hot Dogs last year, only to lose 1-0 on a bit of a fluky goal.
“That definitely motivated us, knowing it’s happened more than once,” Hrdlicka said.
Rossville head coach Rodger DeLosh said the victory is a significant one for the program.
“I said at the beginning of the season we’re up and coming and we’ll turn heads before the end of the season. And we’ve already started,” DeLosh said. “We buckled down and played harder. They played a good game and I’m very proud of them.”
Hrdlicka’s two goals came within a minute of each other. In the 11th minute, Hrdlicka slid a shot past FHS keeper Adilene Santos for a 1-0 lead. Less than 60 seconds later, Hrdlicka got the ball again on the left side, and put a left-footed chip over Santos’ head and into the back of the net from about 12 yards out for a 2-0 Rossville lead.
Hrdlicka said that with Frankfort’s best defensive player on their right side of the pitch, they wanted to attack the Hot Dogs from the left. Both of Rossville’s goals came from attacking that side.
“I got the adrenaline rush and shot it in,” Hrdlicka said.
Frankfort finally started connecting on a few passes right before halftime, and used that spark right off the second-half whistle. Tanya Cervantes scored within the first 60 seconds, using her speed to run past Rossville defenders to cut the Hornet deficit in half.
Rossville caught a break in the 52nd minute. It appeared Frankfort’s Maricela Bautista leveled the match at 2-2, scoring after a rebound bounced to her as she was standing in front of an open net. Unfortunately for the Hot Dogs, she was called for offsides.
“We had momentum going and I think it was a deflating experience to celebrate the goal that was disallowed because of the offside,” said Frankfort head coach Phil Hammen. “It took a little oxygen out of the lungs, I think. It’s a tired group to begin with. They had that to overcome, too.”
It turned out to be the best chance Frankfort received in the final 30 minutes.
Santos finished with eight saves and Bekah McKee six saves for the Hornets.
Frankfort finished seven shots on goal in the second half after tallying none in the first 40 minutes.
“It was a big change as far as the flavor of the game,” Hammen said. “They played a nice game defensively. They packed it back real well and prevented us from getting chances in the first half. It led to frustration and we didn’t quite have enough. But I liked a lot of the chances we did get in the second half. I want to see more than that.”
In the consolation game, Tri-Central and Taylor finished with a 1-1 draw.
Frankfort’s Tanya Cervantes attempts to speed past Rossville’s Meleah Brown during Saturday’s Hot Dog Invitational championship game. Rossville defeated Frankfort for the crown, 2-1.
Rossville sophomore Sydney Hrdlicka, left, watches as her chip shot sails over the head of Frankfort goalkeeper Adilene Santos and into the net to give the Hornets a 2-0 lead in the first half.