MADISON — It looked as if arch-rivals Hand and Guilford were going to play to a scoreless tie on Tuesday night. Neither team had had many good chances as the clock wound down towards the final eight minutes.
Lydia Doraz had other ideas.
The Hand sophomore forward scored with 8:05 remaining as the Tigers knocked Guilford from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 1-0 victory at the Surf Club.
Doraz scored when Mia Forti gave her a perfect through ball in the middle. With Guilford goalkeeper Olivia Ste. Marie having come out of the box to try and stop the play, Doraz had a wide open look and popped the ball into the back of the net.
“We learned from the past games that we could put pressure on them and who to lock down,” Doraz said. “We got the ball up and played our game.”
Hand coach Robbie McConville said that it wasn’t a designed play, but was something the Tigers work on every day.
“That was a through ball and we work on moving it from to our midfielders to our forwards,” he said. “We got around her and were able to tuck it home.”
Hand (4-2-1) had another chance later in the waning minutes, but Madelyn Hummel’s shot went over the crossbar and hit the football crossbar.
“I’m very pleased,” McConville said. “We’ve been getting better every day every game. Last time, we came back from a 2-0 deficit and tied it at 2-2. It’s an unusual year as it’s our third time playing them already. We’ve played them three times in 30 days, so we are getting used to them.”
The biggest chance for Guilford all night came with 11 minutes to go in the first half when it put a lot of pressure on Hand goalkeeper Brooke Salutari, but she came way out of the box to make a diving save off a shot by Evelini Rini.
“That’s the beauty of the game,” Guilford coach Regina Sullivan said. “Sometimes you can outplay them and play better soccer, but they put one in.”
It was the first loss for Guilford (4-1-2) since Oct. 21, 2019 when it lost 2-1 to Law.
“We’ve been playing well and have been coming together nicely as a team,” Sullivan said. “Today everyone played hard and gave it their best shot.”
Both teams had 10 shots on goal. Salutari stopped all 10, while Ste. Marie recorded nine saves.