There was no pressure for Thunder Mountain High School junior Rhys Coffee on Wednesday night.
All she had to do was hit a penalty kick with eight minutes and 40 seconds remaining in the match to break a 1-1 tie against the visiting Ketchikan girl’s soccer team.
The Lady Kings had won the night before to take the conference lead in the young season and had controlled most of the ball possession.
“I just remember what I do in practice,” Rhys Coffee said. “I have my spot and place it there.”
Coffee’s shot went to the left of the Ketchikan keeper and settled nicely into the back of the net and the Falcons would hold on to regain the conference lead.
“I don’t usually look at the goalie,” Coffee said. “I just focus on what I am going to do not what they are going to do. I was hoping to place it to the left high and it was pretty close to where I wanted it to go. This win feels pretty good because we just didn’t come out the way we were hoping to the first night, and this shows that we can prove we are the team that we are.”
The Falcons used that momentum to control the pitch as time expired.
The Falcons started the game with much better teamwork.
“I think we played a little better,” TMHS coach Kris Coffee said. “We had a little bit more confidence today. We felt like we could match up with Ketchikan. We were communicating better and were definitely more organized defensively.”
The Falcons matched up with the Lady Kings whenever the visitors made a run towards midfield.
No Lady Kings player was left unmarked.
TMHS’ Jacky Jenson scored the first goal of the game at the 26-minute mark in the first half. Jenson cut through the Kayhi box to receive a pass from Amber White and rocketed a kick into the back.
Ketchikan got on the board with 1:30 left in the first half as Britta Pihl won a ball at midfield that was shot on goal by a teammate. Pihl followed in and put it over the goalie Claire White who charged out in a sliding tackle.
The second half was even as both sides played good defense that kept the ball at midfield.
Ketchikan was called for a handball in action in front of their own net that resulted in the penalty shot for Coffee.
The Falcons’ girls next play on Tuesday against JDHS.