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Soccer squads brave brutal weather

Steady, icy rain wiped out nearly everything on the high school sports schedule Friday afternoon and evening.

Despite the temperature, rain and wind, First Baptist Christian and Summit Christian still kept their girls soccer contest slated for Friday afternoon. With the few parents and spectators who still braved the weather huddled under winter coats, umbrellas and even in cars pulled up near the field, the Lady Crusaders and Lady Eagles played all the same as if it was a normal March day.

Summit scored twice in the first 15 minutes of the second half and went on to a 2-1 victory.

Most of the opening half was played between the midfield stripe and First Baptist’s penalty box. The Lady Crusaders, playing their first match of the season, tried to attack with long clearances past Summit’s defenders and three forwards racing to counterattack.

Summit put more pressure on First Baptist’s defense and earned 10 corner kicks in the first half, mostly coming in the last few minutes before halftime, but the Lady Crusaders kept Summit off the board. First Baptist goalkeeper, senior Becca Ballance, made seven saves in the first half and finished the match with 15 saves.

After halftime, even more the action took place inside First Baptist’s penalty area and Summit made the Lady Crusaders pay with a pair of goals.

In the final minutes, First Baptist rallied and took more of the game into midfield and the Summit half of the field.

First Baptist’s energy paid off though with a lone, 65-yard run with the ball by forward Victoria Carr. Carr collected a clearance with about two-thirds of the field to go. She sped around two Summit players and kept going, finishing the play along the right side of the Summit box and poking a shot past the oncoming Summit goalie.

With two minutes left to get a tying goal, a couple more brief rushes up the field were all the Lady Crusaders created.

First Baptist has nine more regular season matches this spring. Hopefully more spring-like weather will help out when the Lady Crusaders travel to Alliance Christian Monday afternoon.