GIRLS SOCCER: Park pushes Havasu past Lee Williams, 4-3

January 9, 2019

Kendra Park did it again.

In a season full of big moments, the sophomore found another, collecting a long through ball and getting just enough on a shot from 15 yards out to lift Lake Havasu to a 4-3 victory over Lee Williams on Tuesday at Lee Barnes Stadium, avenging the only two losses this season for the Knights.

After scoring once in a contentious first half to keep the game with the Vols tied at 1-1, Havasu needed all it could get from the speedy center forward in the second half.

Park scored four minutes after the break to give Havasu a 2-1 lead, butLee Williams answered just four minutes later to even the score. Riding that momentum, the Vols would score again just two minutes later to take a 3-2 lead in a game that saw the Knights dominate possession.

“That’s something we’ve been working on, not overreacting in a negative way after goals get scored on us,” Havasu coach Josh Kistler said. “It showed in this game.”

Havasu took its shots, and was able to put constant pressure on the Lee Williams back line.

Park knotted the score a minute later, heading a ball to herself behind the Vols defense then burying the ball past the Lee Williams keeper.

As the Knights continuedt to try to retake the outright lead, Park out another off the left post and a shot from the midfield went wide left.

Park finally found the winner with 3:30 to play, making a run through the middle of the field and touching the ball inside the right post.

“She always impresses,” Kistler said.

Lee Williams was able to push the ball into the offensive end one more time but never got another scoring opportunity as the Knights killed the clock for the victory.

“Our passing game was on point tonight,” Kistler said. “We needed this one and we got it.”

Havasu has one last monumental test before regional play, playing at Mohave on Tuesday. The Thunderbirds are ranked No. 7 in 4A and a win for the Knights could prove very helpful for playoff contention. Havasu beat Mohave 2-1 in the Mohave County tournament earlier this season.

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