HARRISONBURG — Maddy Dod was dissatisfied with her corner kick in the final minute of Tuesday’s girls’ soccer game against Eastern Mennonite High School.
“I thought the corner was terrible,” the Harrisonburg center midfielder said.
Why was it so bad?
“It should have been higher up and more inside the 6,” Dod said. “But it was between the 6 and the 18 and kind of low to the ground.”
It still turned out OK.
In the scramble following the corner, Bessy Jimenez ended up with the ball and scored from about 10 feet out to give the Blue Streaks a 2-1 victory over EMHS in a non-district matchup between two of the area’s best teams.
“It was a really fast game,” Jimenez said. “But the team pulled it off. EMHS played well, too, but it was a team effort. That’s how we got the win.”
Jimenez scored her sixth goal of the season off an assist from freshman midfielder Sophia Hartman. Jimenez took the pass at the right post and shot it over the EMHS keeper with 43 seconds left in the game.
“I was pretty hyped knowing that won [the game] because last year they beat us,” Jimenez said.
HHS coach Amy Cerelli said it was a play typical of Jimenez. Cerelli described the 5-foot-4 freshman forward as a patient player who knows where to be and what to do when she’s there.
“She was playing forward, and so to recognize — we were just playing with one forward — to recognize to hold the far post because that’s where she needed to be, that’s very good because usually it’s the outside wing that does that,” said Cerelli, in her 15th season coaching the Streaks. “She was patient, and we try to instill that in them.”
The Streaks (9-2-1) took a first-half lead when Dod scored on a deep floater in the 24th minute to put Harrisonburg ahead 1-0. About 20 yards out, Dod shot it from the middle of the field off a pass from junior midfielder Sara Shenk-Moreno.
EMHS (12-1-2), the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II state runner-up last season, answered in the second half when sophomore midfielder Taylor Pisk scored in the 41st minute, lofting it into the net from long range. After that, it looked like the game might end in a tie. Both teams struggled to get anything going on offense, but the Streaks — who had 10 shots-on-goal to the Flames’ six — had a lot of opportunities late.
“Their style seems to be a lot of counter attack, so I think they were conscious … to watch out for that,” Cerelli said of her team. “So that held us back a little more. Whereas I think if we weren’t so concerned, we would have scored some of those.”
In the 80th minute, Harrisonburg finally did on Dod’s corner. She said she was aiming for Shenk-Moreno in front of the net, but the miss was serendipitous. Seconds later, Hartman ended up with the ball and dished it to Jimenez for the win.
Halftime score: 1-0 HHS
Shots on goal: EMHS 6; HHS 10
Corner kicks: EMHS 3; HHS 6
Saves: EMHS (na) 4; HHS (Penrod) 4
Scoring: EMHS – Pisk 41:00. HHS – Dod (Shenk-Moreno) 24:00, Jimenez (Hartman) 80:00.