Mesa, AZ - Going head-to-head with a first year program for the second time this season, Arizona Christian used two goals from Freshman Sarahie Torres to turn away Benedictine-Mesa 2-1 on Thursday night. The win gave ACU a mirror affect as their evened their season slate and goal margin.
Facing a Benedictine-Mesa squad playing their first ever official match, Arizona Christian hoped to score early. Less than seven minutes into the game, the Firestorm (2-2) did just that as Torres turned the first shot of the evening into a goal.
When reflecting on the early goal, Head Coach Alan Berrios stated, "That definitely boosted our attitude. We have been struggling with the final product. We have been creating and created a ton of chances tonight. Going forward it is going to get better. Honestly as a coach all you can ask is for them to keep creating and things will come."
Over the course of the next 25 minutes, the Redhawks (0-1) outshot the Firestorm 5-4. All four of the ACU shots were wide of the target.
With about 14 minutes remaining the first half, Torres netted her second goal of the game and season.
At the break, ACU held a sight 6-5 edge in shots but more importantly maintained their 2-0 lead.
The first 15 minutes of the second half saw just three shots- two by ACU.
However, about 16 minutes into the final half, the Redhawks converted their first ever goal.
ACU caught a huge break with under 17 minutes to play when Benedictine-Mesa sent a penalty kick off the crossbar.
Down the stretch, the Firestorm fired off four shots- one each from Freshman Analicia Rodriguez (high), Freshman Hanna Perez (wide), Torres (wide), and Sophomore Marisa Ortiz (saved).
Freshman goalkeeper Tahlia Miears was credited with four saves.
Coach Berrios added, "Anytime you can get a win it is a good thing. It was a bit of a back and forth game. I thought both teams had some good chances to finish. I think we created a little more than them. But give them a ton of credit because they were really good... one of our toughest games so far. We did enough to win but can do more going forward."
Odd fact- With 2-1 and 1-0 losses to begin their season, the Firestorm have responded with a mirror image of 1-0 and 2-1 wins to even their record as well as goals for and goals against at 4-4.
The Firestorm will enjoy a weekend off before returning to the pitch a week from Saturday when they host Mills College at the Rose Mofford Spots Complex. Kick-off is set for 11:00 am.