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Tallmadge girls soccer earns draw with Kent Roosevelt

Published: September 7, 2016 11:56 PM
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When the two teams met last year, the Kent Roosevelt girls soccer team held off Tallmadge in an action-packed thriller in Kent.

Part two turned out to be just as thrilling.

But if the Lady Blue Devils are seeking revenge, they will have to wait another year.

The Lady Rough Riders salvaged a 5-5 draw with Tallmadge in a Suburban League American Conference contest Sept. 7 at Thomas Rossiaky Stadium.

Kent, which earned a 3-2 win over the Blue Devils in 2015, trailed by two goals on three different occasions.

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However, the Lady Rough Riders had a knack for resurrecting themselves just when things looked totally bleak.

The Lady Blue Devils (3-0-2, 0-0-1) squandered leads of 2-0, 3-1 and 4-2. Kent made it 5-5 when junior Mariah Hersman scored on a header after a corner kick by junior Kendra Kline with 9:48 remaining in the game.

Both teams had their chances, but Hersman's goal turned out to be the last of the high-scoring evening.

Prior to the late-game drama, Tallmadge took control early.

Less than seven minutes into the game, the Lady Blue Devils had a 2-0 lead.

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In fact, Tallmadge got on the board one minute into the game.

Senior midfielder Alyssa Garbinsky took a corner kick from the right side of the field. Her kick landed at the right foot of junior forward Sara Johnson, who one-timed a shot off a Kent defender and into the net for a 1-0 Lady Blue Devils' lead.

Less than six minutes later, Tallmadge made it 2-0 on a breakaway by junior forward Riley Chochola, who finished with a game-high four goals.

With a defender staying with her, Chochola dribbled the ball down the field and unleashed a low line drive with her left foot into the right side of the goal.

But the Lady Rough Riders responded less than eight minutes later.

Junior forward/midfielder Kayla Fischer played a through ball into the middle of Tallmadge's penalty box.

The ball went right to junior forward/midfielder/defender Emma Holm, who trapped the ball and volleyed the shot into the net to make it 2-1.

However, Kent's momentum proved to be short-lived.

In traffic, Chochola headed the ball into the net to make it 3-1 in favor of Tallmadge with 15:13 left in the first half.

Once again, though, the Rough Riders had an answer.

Fischer got the ball near Tallmadge's penalty box. With a defender draped all over her, Fischer trapped the ball and quickly turned to free herself. Fischer then smashed a low line drive into the lower left corner of the net.

Fischer's goal cut Tallmadge's advantage to 3-2 with 5:37 remaining in the half.

The Lady Blue Devils appeared to be in control again when Chochola scored goal No. 3 on a breakaway a little more than seven minutes into the second half. Junior midfielder Adison Onchak was credited with the assist.

But back came Kent and Tallmadge's advantage was cut to one (4-3) when Kline ripped a free kick into the upper part of the net with less than 19 minutes left.

Almost five minutes later, the Lady Rough Riders tied the game.

Moments after Chochola's shot hit the crossbar, Fischer got the ball on a breakaway.

Dribbling past a defender on the right side of the field, Fischer, who played the role of distributor earlier in the game, crushed a low line drive into the lower left corner of the net.

The Blue Devils had an answer.

Chochola did not miss her next opportunity as she gave Tallmadge a 5-4 lead when she scored on a breakaway.

After Hersman tied the game, the Lady Blue Devils had a few chances deep in Kent's end.

But the Lady Rough Riders managed to keep Tallmadge out of the net.

Kent had a 11-10 advantage in shots on goal and the Lady Blue Devils finished with a 4-2 edge in corner kicks.

Tallmadge sophomore goalkeeper Maria Kisha finished with six saves and Lady Rough Riders junior goalie Liz Hartung stopped five shots.

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