Maddie DeSilva did not settle for a mere repeat of the hat trick she scored in last week's season opener vs. Johnson University of Florida; this time, she one-upped herself.
On Saturday, DeSilva scored four goals as TBC Eagles Women's Soccer won its second consecutive game vs. the Johnson Suns, this time in Kissimmee.
DeSilva's first goal came with 29 minutes remaining in the first half. She fielded a pass from Isabelle Fiallos (assist) from behind the midfield circle and dribbled into the right side of the penalty box. DeSilva fired and connected from 17 yards out to make the score 2-0.
[DeSilva converts a penalty kick in the second half.]
DeSilva scored three more times in the second half. In Minute 58, she intercepted a Johnson goal kick, dribbled into the goal box, and fired past the keeper. Later in the period, DeSilva converted a penalty kick after getting pushed from behind one step inside the top of the penalty box. Finally, minutes before the water break, DeSilva grabbed a rebound off Victoria Fonseca's shot just as the Johnson keeper started to grab the ball while on the ground. DeSilva stole the ball from the keeper's hands and tapped it in from one step in front of the net.
[Maddie DeSilva scores her fourth goal of the game and seventh of the season.]
These three goals were #'s 5, 6, and 7 overall for the Eagles.
Fiallos started the scoring less than four minutes into the game. She stole an attempt to clear from a Johnson defender inside the box and fired for her second goal of the season. Fiallos then assisted DeSilva and two teammates for three total assists.
Janae Torres scored twice for the second time this season. Her first came on Fiallos's assist that allowed Torres to connect from 16 yards out. Her second came on a penalty kick after she was tripped from behind while driving inside the penalty area.
[Janae Torres converts a penalty kick in the first half for her fourth goal of the season.]
Fonseca finished the scoring with 10 minutes remaining on the clock. She received a pass from Fiallos and dribbled past one defender and then the goalkeeper before tapping the ball in without interference.
Head coach Greg Calder called Saturday's contest "A game of 4's" as goals and saves happened in terms of four.
- The Eagles scored four goals in the first half.
- They scored four more in the second half.
- Desilva scored four goals herself.
- Goalkeeper Kaia Rice saved four Johnson shots on goal.
The Eagles will play their next three games on the road, beginning with a trip to NJCAA Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia, at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 10. Games at NJCAA Andrew College and the NCCAA South Region's Toccoa Falls College follow on September 13 and 18, respectively.
The next home game is slated for Saturday, September 25, at 1:00 p.m. vs. NCAA D-2 Edward Waters University.