After a scoreless draw on day one, PSA National 03 (NJ) recorded a, 3-0, shutout against Arsenal Colorado Academy 2003 (CO) to move atop Group A in the 16U Girls age group.
PSA’s preparation for Nationals is paying off as it sits just one game away from advancing to the semifinals.
“We have been training and working since October, so 10 months of hard work for the girls is paying off,” said PSA National 03 head coach John Newman. “The girls are focused on the job at hand to be National Champions. They know it is important to score early goals and put teams on their heels; and we did that at the start at both halves.”
Emily Jozak wasted no time off the start whistle when she scored the first goal of the game just one minute into play off an assist from Samantha Moxie to put PSA ahead early. PSA had a chance to extend its lead to two goals, but Sydney Bennet made the save to keep Arsenal within reach.
After PSA controlled the early part of the first half, Arsenal had a chance at an equalizer, but Isabella Henry made a stop to hold the one goal lead. In the 40th minute, Henry made another save, this time an Arsenal free kick to send the game to halftime with PSA up by one goal.
PSA opened the second half quickly by extending its lead to two goals just two minutes in when Caitlyn Decker found the foot of Moxie for the goal.
Arsenal made a push to cut into the deficit the 58th minute but saw two solid chances go off the crossbar or high of the goal.
As the clock was winding down with PSA up by two goals, the offense kept the pressure on as Mya King turned around in the box and fired one to the upper-ninety beyond the goalie to give them a, 3-0, lead.
Starting off the game strong is important with any team and PSA was able to use the one goal lead to motivate and push them through to the final whistle.
“We needed to start off the game strong after drawing yesterday,” added Emily Jozak. “Starting off the game, 1-0, in the first minute helped us get going and motivate us.”
The win earns PSA a crucial three points on the second day of group play and keeps them in contention for a spot in the semifinals. PSA looks to secure a spot in the semifinals tomorrow with a win against Lou Fusz 03 Blue (MO).