June 12, 2007 > Mango Tangos defeat first place Chaos in season finale 'Barn Burner'
Mango Tangos defeat first place Chaos in season finale 'Barn Burner'
Submitted By Blaise Castren
In a game Mango Tangos needed to win to clinch second place was played on Saturday, June 2. Mango Tangos did not disappoint as they played an inspired second half, scoring four goals to rally for a 5-4 win over Chaos. The victory avenged a 3-1 loss to Chaos earlier in the year. Ashley Gallagher scored two goals and added an assist for the winners, who were 5-0-1 over their final six games and finished at 7-2-1. The Mango Tangos trailed 3-1 at halftime, but quickly bounced back, scoring in the first minute of the second half when Sarah Friesen found the net off a header by Gallagher.
Kelsey Stoeppel tied the game on a direct free kick, before the Tangos went ahead at the 10-minute mark when Gallagher scored her second goal off a corner kick by Friesen. The Tangos added an insurance goal when Kylie Stoeppel scored off of a thrown-in by her sister, Kelsey. That goal proved to be hugh as Chaos scored one more time in the game's closing moment. Fullbacks Sarah de Landa, Stephanie Lloyd and Samantha Steadman and goalie Breeann McHone came up with big plays on defense in the second half while Rachel de Landa had a standout game at midfield.
Saturday, June 2 also saw Storm end its season on a winning note by scoring in the final two minutes to defeat the Blue Crush, 1-0. Lacey Cole initiated the winning goal with a long throw-in to Julie Hancock who stopped the ball with a header. Jenna Wondka then cashed in by drilling the ball into the back of the net. Kailey Richardson came up with several key plays in the second half when she made a rare appearance in goal. Ciara Valdez made a goal-saving play and Priya Sundaresan had two shots on goal that just missed. Abby Harrison and Haley Brown also had a standout game for the Storm.