For about 65 minutes Tuesday, Van Horn made it difficult for visiting William Chrisman to score.

For about 65 minutes Tuesday, Van Horn made it difficult for visiting William Chrisman to score.

Then, Chrisman’s persistent attacking paid off.

The Bears scored four of their five goals in the 5-0 non-conference victory in girls soccer during the final 15 minutes. Senior midfielder Kendyl Laughlin scored back-to-back goals in the 65th and 66th minutes. Chrisman got a goal apiece in the 78th minute from senior midfielder Mariah Wheaton and freshman forward Alyssa Kyle.

“We had really good shots. They were just too wide or right to the goalie,” Wheaton said. “We had a lot of opportunities, and I think it finally just slipped through, and they broke down.”

Wheaton and Bears coach John Straub praised Van Horn’s defensive play. The Falcons “played a very solid defensive game,” Straub said. Wheaton admired the Falcons’ aggressiveness.

“(They were) stepping in our way,” she said. “We had to find ways to maneuver around.”

Other than the final two goals, Van Horn “gave Chrisman everything they wanted – and a little bit more,” Falcons coach Chris Corrie said.

Those goals notwithstanding, freshman keeper Dalanie Krogman “played a fantastic game,” according to Corrie.

He also cited senior sweeper Ashley Krantz and sophomore center midfielder Diana Cruz as standouts, calling Cruz “probably the best player on the field for us tonight.”

“She was all over the place,” Corrie said of Cruz. “She created all of our attacks, and she defended very well against their excellent midfield tandem that they have there, No. 20 (Wheaton) and No. 6 (junior Karly Boese).”

Krogman, who made 12 saves, suggested Van Horn’s defensive game resulted from following the team’s defensive philosophies.

“We work as a team,” Krogman said. “No one’s left alone. If someone needs help, I call help. They call help.”

Van Horn senior midfielder Mariana Medina, sophomore forward Lexy McDonald and senior forward Bailey Rockhold suggested the Falcons’ performance Tuesday reflected the team’s continuing progress. This season, the Falcons are playing “better than last year,” Medina said.

“I think, slowly but surely, the pieces are falling together,” McDonald said. “We’re slowly learning what we need to do.”

On Tuesday, the Falcons might have learned – or relearned – they must finish strong. After giving up a goal to Wheaton in the 15th minute, they held Chrisman scoreless for 50 minutes. As play progressed, they repeatedly worked the ball into Chrisman’s 18-yard box.

But then, Laughlin helped Chrisman break through Van Horn’s defense by dribbling in to score her first goal and helped the Bears counter the Falcons’ attempts to attack by making a tackle to set up her second goal. Wheaton put a shot into an open net to make it 4-0 Chrisman, immediately followed by Kyle’s goal.

“I think we’re gaining progress, but it gets to that last 20 minutes and we kind of slow down because we’re not completely in the shape we need to be yet,” Rockhold said. “But we’re getting better and we’re learning from our small mistakes.”