The Gallatin Lady Green Wave improved to 3-0 with a win over Portland Monday night.
Despite scoring six goals in each of their first two games, this one proved much tougher as Gallatin managed only one goal in a 1-0 victory.
“We got off to a sluggish start and never really recovered,” Gallatin coach Greg Harper said. “Give a lot of credit to Portland. They played hard, played fast, and played physical. We didn’t really respond that much too it. We created some chances, but we didn’t finish many and that was the problem.”
After a scoreless first half, the deciding goal came in the 49th minute in the second has when Sierra Lee tapped in the ball past the goalkeeper. Chelsea Hammock contributed with the assist on the play.
“The next couple of days we need to go back and work on finishing. Overall it was ugly, but it was a win,” Harper added.
Monday’s game was the regular season opener for the Lady Panthers. Despite coming up short, Portland head coach Ryan Goostree was pleased with the effort from his team and the opportunity to build off of it moving forward.
“I was happy with the way we played. We really held our own. We had less shots in the second half than I would’ve liked, but Gallatin is a good physical team. It was good for our girls to get that experience playing a 3A team. It prepares us for the rest of the season.”
Gallatin’s season continues Thursday as they host Rossview at home. Portland will play at Merrol Hyde.