Dundee-Crown and McHenry experienced some big momentum swings during their Fox Valley Valley Division girls soccer matchup in Carpentersville Tuesday. Unfortunately for the Chargers, the last one went McHenry's way.
Avalon Senn-Raemont scored her second goal on a breakaway with 1:43 left to play to give the Warriors a 3-2 victory.
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Just before that, the Chargers were making a final push to score. The Warriors tried to clear the ball and the Chargers tried to keep it in the offensive end. However, the ball floated right to Senn-Raemont who raced upfield, approached the goal from the left side, and beat D-C goalkeeper Isabel Miranda with a short shot on the ground.
"That kind of sums up the last couple of games that we've been having," said Chargers' coach Sebastian Felinski. "Our own careless mistakes gave them their best opportunities."
The back-and-forth pattern characterized most of the game. The Chargers dominated the first 20 minutes, but managed only Taylor Coffman's goal in the 17th minute. Krystal Meraz took the ball deep into the left corner, drawing out McHenry's goalkeeper. She then crossed it to Coffman, who had only to tap it into the open net.
McHenry controlled the middle portion of the game, taking a 2-1 lead in the process. Alexis Morales got the Warriors even with a short shot over Miranda's head into the top of the net.
Just after halftime, Senn-Raemont gave McHenry the lead with a shot from the corner that again sailed into the top of the goal.
The Chargers (2-7-3) quickly got it back when Alyssa Moreno pounced on a loose ball in front of the net and drove it in.
The next 30 minutes or so were relatively even, with both teams getting a few opportunities. But neither was able to capitalize.
"When we connected on our passes, we were able to get opportunities," said Felinski. "Unfortunately, whenever 2 (Morales) and 5 (Senn-Raemont) got the ball ... They're tough to stop."
McHenry's Allison Wyszynski had a shot from point-blank range, but Miranda made the stop. At the other end, Ashley Raby came free on a breakaway, but just missed wide right. So it went until Senn-Raemont got the game's final chance and converted.