PROSPER — Scoring goals is hard enough in a soccer game. Scoring two is is a challenge, and three nearly impossible. But put up four goals in one game, you’ve done something incredible.
That’s what Kaitlyn Giametta did on Friday, Feb. 23, for the Prosper Lady Eagles, accounting for all the offense in a 4-1 victory against a tough Little Elm squad during the second half of district play. As a freshman.
Coming in late from basketball, Giametta has worked her way from the junior varsity, to the varsity bench, and finally into the starting lineup.
“I was a little bit nervous coming in from basketball,” Giametta said. “I didn’t know how that was going to work out, but this team is really loving and welcoming so it’s been great.”
In just four games as a varsity player, she has already moved into second place for goals scored — scoring nine over the course of two weeks.
“I believe in speed and playing quickly around players, because if you go quickly around them, you can’t stop us, and we do a good job of that,” she said. “I don’t do it alone — of course the team passes me the ball and just kinda go with it.”
“She’s done a very good job of jumping in and trying to mesh,” head coach Rafael Flores said. “It’s hard to just jump in and start playing. She’s practiced, she’s worked hard and she’s coachable.”
From the starting whistle, it was apparent that the Lady Lobos were looking for revenge of the first game back in January when Prosper beat them 3-0.
Still missing several players due to sickness and injury, the Lady Eagle starting lineup consisted of a few new faces, including Giametta and Julianna Robinette, another freshman, up top. Juniors Carlie Massingale and Sage DaCosta also worked their way into the mix.
The changes allowed the Lady Eagles a chance to experiment with their attack, creating quick opportunities to get on the board, but a deep back line and a strong Little Elm keeper managed to derail any form of attack that came their way.
The Lady Eagles showed persistence, which would eventually pay off. Senior Kat Rogers threaded a beautiful pass to a streaking Giametta, who took a touch into the box and fired a confident shot into to upper right corner of the goal.
Little Elm’s counter attacks threatened to equalize, but a strong Prosper back line secured the 1-0 lead into half-time, despite several chances for the home team to extend the lead.
Coming out of the break, both teams were energized, seemingly motivated to add more to the scoreboard. Little Elm picked up its offense, causing some defensive shifts and work for second-half keeper junior Sydney Crowe.
Giametta netted her second goal midway through the second half, but the 2-0 cushion didn’t deflate the Lady Lobos. The visitors quickly responded with a goal just minutes later, making the 2-1 game even more intense.
“We try to tell the kids to stay engaged at all times,” Flores said. “We missed a very good chance about two minutes [before the goal], and credit them, they got the goal to cut the lead in half and now we have a game.”
It looked as if the 2-1 score would be the final result but in the dying minutes of the game, good ball movement and quality finishing from the newest member of the team allowed Prosper to add two more goals to seal the victory.
“This was an important game for us,” Flores said. “When we play a team like Little Elm, it’s good practice for us [for the playoffs] because they’re really well-coached and they’re not going to shell up and play for a 0-0 score.”
The team, now 8-0 in district play, will hit the first half of their Carrollton swing. They played Newman Smith on Tuesday, Feb. 27 and take on R.L. Turner on Friday, March 2. They will have the added pressure of playing three straight games on the road, since the previous game against Turner was moved to Prosper back on Feb. 7 due to weather.
Tuesday’s game will be held at Polk Middle School in Carrollton at 7 p.m.