Allen sweeps Central

The Allen men's and women's soccer teams swept their home matches with Central Community College on Saturday. Both games were decided by only one goal.



October 10, 2022 - 2:22 PM

Allen’s Yuki Ikezaki takes a pass. Photo by Quinn Burkitt

The Allen Community College women’s and men’s soccer teams took down Central Community College on Saturday, 2-1 and 3-2. 

Women’s Soccer

The Lady Red Devils (8-4; 2-1) outshot the Lady Raiders in the first half, 3-1, but couldn’t get any of their shots to fall. Allen almost scored two goals within the opening minute of the match but headed to halftime with the score knotted at 0-0. 

Central was the first to score two minutes into the second half for the 1-0 advantage. 

“Where normally teams would panic, we kept our composure and controlled the game for the rest of the half by obtaining the majority of possessions and having double the number of opportunities at goal,” said Allen women’s head soccer coach Jeremy McGinnis. 

Allen got on the board 11 minutes into the second half when Rebecca Lord took an Autumn Wyatt cross kick at the 18-yard box to the back of the goal for the 1-1 knotted score. 

The Lady Red Devils kicked nine shots total in the second half to the Lady Raiders’ four shots. 

It took until 10 minutes remained in regulation for Allen to find the back of the net for the second time. Sofie Poulsen ripped a shot off a Kate Giblin corner kick for the 2-1 lead and Poulsen’s first goal of the season. 

Lady Red Devil Jessica Allen led offensively as she ripped six shots on goal and eight shots total. Mirla Chavarria managed two shots on goal and two shots total. 

Allen goalkeeper Daniela Gonzalez made five saves as Central got off six shots on goal with their lone goal to begin the second half. 

Allen finished the match with 16 shots on goal as opposed to Central’s six shots on goal. 

Men’s Soccer

The Allen men’s offense made the difference for their 3-2 win against Central.

Allen (9-2-1; 3-1) got on the board on a Leonardo Andognini goal 26 minutes into regulation for the 1-1 score. The Red Devil goal came after Central scored a team goal earlier in the first half. 

The Raiders got on the board again at the end of the first half for the 2-1 lead heading into halftime.

Yuki Ikezaki then got his Red Devils on the board 11 minutes into the second half on an unassisted goal for the 2-2 knotted score. 

“At halftime, we talked to them a little bit and they were back ahead in the 59th minute,” said Allen head coach Doug Desmarteau. “They believe in themselves that no matter what happens, we’re never out of a game.”

Tavar Lawrence found the back of the net only seven minutes later off a Temesgn Tezera assist to take a one-goal advantage with 27 minutes left in the match, 3-2. 

Allen’s Andognini led on the attack with four shots and four shots on goal, followed by Lawrence’s three shots on goal and five shots overall. Ikezaki also had two shots at the goal with four shots total.