Panthers pounce in opener

Stirling Panthers Captain Danielle Monasta in action out on the soccer pitch.
Stirling Panthers Captain Danielle Monasta in action out on the soccer pitch.

The Panthers were losing one-nil at half time and two second half goals to Clara Lay and individual goals to Caitlin Vallelonga and Lauren Continibali saw the Panthers notch up their first victory in the season opener.

‘It was a pleasing victory and the girls showed real character to come back from one-nil down at half time,’ Panthers coach Frank DiCosta said.

‘We are a young side and I thought our experienced players stood up in the second half and led by example.

‘We are certainly not getting carried away with ourselves as it’s one game and one win and in some ways the 4-1 score line overshadowed our poor first half,

‘That said: we got better as the game went on and ran the game out really well and I was really proud of the girls.’

Clara Lay booted the opening goal after picking the ball up just inside the 18-yard box and drove a low shot into the bottom corner of the goal.

Mr DiCosta said Lay followed up with her second goal which was a clinical finish from close range after a neat build up down the left hand side.

‘Caitlin Vallelonga got the third with a deep cross from the right that the keeper couldn’t handle,’ Mr DiCosta said.

‘And Lauren Continibali completed the scoring after she expertly rounded the keeper in a one on one contest.’

The women next play Sorrento this Sunday at Percy Doyle reserve at 1pm.