SACRAMENTO, CA – After an intense weekend of soccer, playing two games in the space of just two days, the Storm reflects on its 3-2 loss against San Ramon which took place last Saturday, June 11.
Facing its toughest competitors yet, San Ramon were the first team this season to put a goal past Cal Storm. In the 25TH minute, Ramon´s number 8, Megan Roberts was the first to open the score line after many opportunities for both teams. Roberts found the goal after joining the game as a substitute in just 1 minute before finishing the play made by Ramons, Ifema Onomonu.
The first half consisted of battles and great plays. Each team gave all their efforts to create chances and provided the crowd with an intense, yet beautiful game of soccer. The Storm girls left the half knowing they needed to find an escape route to find the net.
However, things were not in favor of the Storm on this warm summer evening. On the 49th minute, Onomonu took a long range effort outside the penalty area, causing problems for Storms goalkeeper and defense who tried to clear the ball but were on the unfortunate end of the scramble when Ramon´s Rayana Rlancaste managed to force the ball into the back of the net.
The Storm were relentless and continued to play in the hopes to find a way through. During a counter attack for the Storm, Ramon´s offence intercepted and played a thru ball to Onomonu who found herself in a 1v1 with Goalkeeper, Duval. Ramon made it 3-0 on the 51st minute mark.
It was not over for the Storm, just one minute later, Cara Curtin took advantage of a Ramon defensive error and made it 3-1 on the 52nd minute. A shot of adrenalin fueled the Storm team; they pressured the Ramon defense until finding the net for a second time through Mexican National player, Teresa Noyola on the 76th minute.
Despite plenty of excellent scoring opportunities for the Storm, they were unable to find the equalizer. Taking their first loss of the 2016 season, the Storm will regroup and hope to come back stronger for the rest of the season.