By Daniel Paulling
Herndon Wanderers coach Andy Fertick made an excellent prediction.
With his team in a scoreless tie with MSC Coyotes White at halftime, he told his girls that the game would be a one-goal game. He was right, and his team was on the right side of that result.
The Wanderers won 1-0 over the Coyotes in WAGS Under-14 Division 2 action at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Md. on Sunday afternoon, as Kristen Patrick provided the winning goal.
The win soothes some past hurts for the Wanderers, who allowed a penalty-kick goal with five minutes remaining in their last game.
“It was great to get one in our favor,” Fertick said, “a great way to end our weekend.”
Herndon had limited opportunities to score – just three, according to Coyotes coach Alex Gould – and left its coach just hoping one of his players would get in the penalty box and shoot toward the goal.
“So many times we got it over or go wide,” Fertick said. “[Patrick] put it in the right spot at the right time.”
The goal came just minutes after the Coyotes missed an excellent scoring opportunity in front of the Wanderers’ goal.
“It’s the nature of the game,” Gould said. “You have a chance to win and you let up on the other end and give up a goal. This has been happening to our team. We control play and get a lot of shots, but when it comes to finishing, it’s a weakness.
“We haven’t scored a lot of goals. We rarely give up more than one, but sometimes that’s more than enough to keep us from winning.”
His team falls to 0-1-0 after playing its first league game. The win was the first for the Wanderers, who improved to 1-2-0.
“It’s nice to finally get those three points,” Fertick said.
The Wanderers dove deep into their bench Sunday, cycling through players after a game on Saturday. Fertick did so fearing that his girls were tired from playing the day before.
“It was a team effort,” he said. “I think every girl got 15 minutes in. It’s good when a win is shared by the team.”