The team finds the back of the net but comes up short 7-1 to Fury.
By Justin Rodriguez
This college’s women’s soccer team took on the San Antonio Fury Sunday at STAR Soccer Complex.
The Rangers had a strong presence in attack; however, they struggled defensively eventually falling to the Fury 7-1.
The Rangers had good possession early on, but midway through the second half is where some questions might have been asked.
The women were up against a well-seasoned team, Coach Roger Molina said.
Molina said communication and execution were issues throughout the game.
The Fury worked well on the counterattack, finishing the majority of their chances while keeping the Rangers at bay for nearly the entire match.
The Rangers were forced to play and build an attack through the air instead of on the ground.
They were on defense for most of the first half.
Nursing sophomore Xochitl Rodriguez pulled one back for the Rangers early in the second half, making the score 4-1.
A deep shot to the back post breathed some life into the game, and for the next 20 minutes, the Rangers were more aggressive.
Good team pressure led to the goal.
There were a few good corners into the Fury penalty area in the second half, but the team could not find the back of the net.
From there, the Fury’s counterattacks proved successful on several occasions.
Though the game was physical, the number of fouls was low.
A yellow card was shown to the substitute keeper midway through the second half for handling the ball outside the box. A free kick was awarded to the Fury, which was saved by the women’s keeper.
Rodriguez said the Fury played and communicated well and that this is one area her team could improve on.
The Rangers did well to break into the Fury’s attacking third of the field but could not finish.
“(We) all had opportunities,” Molina said.
Connecting passes and controlling possession were the main problems, Rodriguez said.
Molina said the women need to work on “fundamentals and communication.”
Rodriguez also added that her team needs to be quicker on defense.
Possession was fairly even throughout the game, but the Fury proved to be the stronger team.
“(We) could’ve done better,” Rodriguez said.
Molina said the women have experience; however, they have only been together for a few weeks, whereas the Fury have been together for much longer.
Nursing sophomore Alexandra Marrufo added that every game is a learning lesson.
“Now you see where you’re at,” Maruffo said.
Rodriguez and Maruffo remain positive despite the 7-1 loss.
Marrufo said team chemistry and devotion [to the team]are essential to getting things done.
“(We) can improve on defense and finishing … together as a team … we want to win,” Maruffo said.