Battling injuries and fatigue, the Sant Bani soccer team dropped its third straight match, 3-1, to Proctor's JV1 team on the road Friday. Ahead 1-0 at the half, thanks to an own-goal in the Proctor end, the Sant Bani squad had hopes of ending a 4-game-in-7-day stretch with a win. Less than 6 minutes into the second half, however, Proctor scored their first of three unanswered goals.
"Schedule and injuries caught up with us in the second half," Sant Bani coach Todd Schongalla said after the game. With center midfielders Caio Thielen and Zhenglin Yu and forward Mariah Howard injured, it was difficult to keep the ball in the Proctor end of the field. "Give credit to everyone out there today for keeping the game within reach and playing their hearts out. A gutsy defensive performance, and the continued unbelievable goalkeeping of Ander Trevino Aizpurua, kept us in it right until the end."
After a much needed five day rest, Sant Bani opens the second half of their season at home with a chance to even the score, playing the same Proctor team in a rematch.