After surrendering its 1-0 halftime lead in the early moments of the second half, Flagler Palm Coast’s girls soccer team had several chances to regain the lead down the stretch in its match with rival Seabreeze on the night of Monday, Jan. 21, at the Ormond Beach Sports Complex.
A few Bulldogs missed shots to the left or to the right. However, with 12:11 remaining and the game knotted at 1 goal a piece, the Bulldogs’ Jaryn Paley slipped behind Seabreeze’s defense and had a one-on-one opportunity with the Sandcrabs’ goal keeper.
She blew the shot well over the crossbar.
A shot by Seabreeze with 15 seconds left on the clock scared the left side of the Bulldogs’ net but whizzed out of bounds, and for the second time this season, the Bulldogs walked away from a game neither a winner nor a loser.
The Bulldogs, who were on an 11-game winning streak entering Monday night, tied Seabreeze 1-1.
“Seabreeze is a good team,” Bulldogs coach Pete Hald said, “but we blew so many chances tonight.”
Hald reiterated a concern that he’s had most of his team’s games this season: win, lose or tie.
“We don’t finish,” he said. “It’s one of the problems that we’ve had the whole year. We create opportunities to score, but we don’t make the keeper work.”
Sophomore forward/midfielder Taylor Murphy scored the Bulldogs' only goal of the night. She scored with 6:22 left in the opening half to give FPC the early lead.
“It’s always a tough battle with Seabreeze,” she said.
The first round of the district playoffs begins on Thursday, Jan. 24. The Bulldogs host the first two rounds.
“Are we playing our best soccer? I’m not sure,” Hald said. “We aren’t playing bad. But what counts is putting the ball in the back of the net.”