The Rehoboth girls soccer team kicked off the season with a 1-1 tie against Gallup on Tuesday afternoon.
In the boys match, the Lynx outmaneuvered Gallup, 10-0, to open up the 2016 prep soccer season.
Lady Lynx coach Eric Taylor said he was very pleased with how his girls played as the match went into two overtimes.
“As a coach I know the benefits of having a tie, rather than having a lost,” Taylor said. “I think we worked hard enough to earn the tie so I feel good about it.”
The Lynx scored their goal in the second half on a shot by senior striker Fallon Blackbull. Taylor said Blackbull took the corner kick and the ball was played back to her as she nailed a short pass from junior Julietta Sweeney from 35 yards out.
“The play went like it was suppose to,” Taylor said. “Fallon shot it straight into the goal and it was great to see that we converted one of our set plays.”
Taylor said executing on that drawn up play is going to help the team later this season, especially when they head into district.
“Knowing that we can do that right from the start says a lot because this was our first game,” he said. “We haven’t played in any tournaments and we haven’t had any scrimmages.”
Taylor said they possessed the ball 85 percent of the time and during the game they had a chance to score a second goal.
“We had one that went off the post and it was point-blank range,” he said. “It went off the crossbar.”
With less than five minutes left in regulation the Bengals knotted the match with a goal by sophomore defender Hannah Toledo. According to first-year Gallup coach Juan Vega, Toledo hit the equalizer on a rebound after a corner kick was made.
“It was a great match,” Vega said. “Both teams were giving everything they got. They had a couple of more shots than we did but I’m happy with how they played.”