Frank W. Cox’s Julie Swain wasn’t pleased with her team’s performance in the first half of Tuesday’s 6A Conference 1 semifinal match against Ocean Lakes at the National Training Center.
Leading 1-0 at halftime, the Falcons hadn’t pushed the tempo offensively like they can, having created only one corner opportunity.
“We were too casual,” Swain said. “We weren’t forcing anything.”
After a brief talk, her players adjusted. Cox (16-1) erupted for five second-half goals en route to a 6-0 win.
Six Falcons players scored goals, while two registered assists.
“Different people are gaining confidence to step into that role, so it’s not always the same couple scoring,” Swain said.
Cox forced six corners in the second half. In one stretch, the Falcons scored on three consecutive corner tries.
Ashley Drum scored the first Falcons goal unassisted 13 minutes into the game. Cassidy Atchison started the second-half rally with a goal assisted by Leah Crouse six minutes in. Alex Brewer tallied an unassisted goal two minutes later, giving the Falcons a 3-0 lead. With 18:32 left in the game, Phoebe Large collected a pass from Atchison and rifled a shot from the left side of the 25-yard line, giving Cox a 4-0 lead.
Crouse fed Alexis Gingerich for a goal less than two minutes later. Sam Zyna capped off the scoring with an unassisted goal with 4:07 remaining, giving the Falcons a 6-0 lead. That ended the match because of a mercy rule.
Cox’s defense allowed only one Dolphins corner opportunity, which came mid-way through the second half.
With the win, the Falcons automatically advance to the 6A South Region tournament. But first they have another date with familiar rival First Colonial in Thursday’s Coastal Conference final.
“We have to be more ready to play in the first five minutes,” Swain said. “We can’t take that long to play at our highest level.”