ASA's first ever national championship run and undefeated streak continues as the Avengers came up with a commanding win over #3 ranked Laramie County. Laramie County struck first in the 25th minute to take the first lead of the game. ASA responded with an equalizing goal just two minutes later on a goal from Estelle Badoadana. ASA would gain their first lead of the game in the 34th minute on a goal from Iana Freitas. Laramie responded with a goal of their own in the 39th minute, sending the game into halftime tied 2-2.
Just three minutes out of halftime, Laramie County found the back of the net to take their second lead of the night. ASA responded again to even the game on a free kick from 20 yards out.
Despite having their second leading scorer Estelle Badoadana out for the second half due to injury, ASA would go on to score five unanswered goals in the second half.
Thus far in the tournament, ASA has proven themselves as a second half team. Between the 70th minute and 75th minute, ASA scored a trio of goals to put the Avengers ahead and to pad their lead. The Avengers would end the night with a 7-3 victory, advancing them to the national semifinal.
Associate head coach Walter Jaramillo reflected on the hard fought team victory saying, "I think it was a great effort from the girls. I think a few changes on the field was absolutely the difference. Sara Suarez really made a big difference along with our goalkeeper Leticia Sandoval. What's great about this team is that we have players that can make a difference in the game at any time."
Head coach Brett Polow continued, "Leticia trains so hard. She just wants to be a great goalkeeper and get to the next level. She's keeping the tempo of the game. She's becoming a great leader. She's starting to make some great saves. It's a testament to how hard she's working and the commitment she puts in everyday."
Sandoval saved five of the eight shots on goal from Laramie County, allowing three total goals.
ASA currently leads the tournament with 12 total goals scored, 10 of them coming in the second half of their two games.
UP NEXT: The ASA Avengers are now one of four teams left in the national tournament. The semifinal matchups are yet to be determined, as there is a round of re-seeding before the final bracket is announced. ASA will play an opponent to be announced on Friday, November 17th at either 5:00 pm or 7:00 pm.