|St. John’s girls shut out Lady Green|
|Wednesday, October 09, 2013 12:13 AM|
By JIM METCALFE
Those 12th-graders: Samantha Bonifas, Maddie Burgei, Madison Kreeger, Lindsey Warnecke, Jessica Koverman, Lyndsay Mohler and Brelyn Stepleton; played their home finales.
They also gave head coach John Munoz a sweet 43rd birthday present.
“The focus was on the seniors tonight. They have done so much for us this year, leading the younger girls with their effort. We have improved so much over this year,” Munoz explained. “It’s always nice to give the seniors a win during their last home match but it’s also a little sad because it is their last home match.”
For Ottoville head man Tim Kimmet, it’s about a common problem for many a coach this fall: injuries and lack of depth.
“We only had 15 to start with and we’re down to 13. Our exchange student, Karin (Wendeberg), continues to struggle with a groin injury. She didn’t play at all the second half,” he explained. “That cost us today, as it has all season. We couldn’t quite connect on our opportunities, especially the first half, because we just don’t have that depth and the girls get tired.”
Both teams struggled to find openings at their respective goals, more than a few times just missing connections.
The Lady Green (5-10) had the first open look at 37:40 when senior Monica Sarka got free from 22 yards but Blue Jay junior netminder Samantha Wehri (5 saves vs. 5 shots on-goal) got the stop.
The Jays (6-7-2) had their first opening just 28 ticks later as freshman Carleigh Ankerman had a 1-touch from 14 yards but Lady Green senior keeper Danielle Trenkamp (9 saves, 15 shots) nabbed the orb.
Both squads had chances: at 26:53 (Wendeberg from 21 yards) and 26:13 (Kreeger from 19 yards) but Wehri got the stop and Kreeger was just over the crossbar.
At 24:30, the Jays went up 1-0. On a quick pass from sophomore Ashlyn Troyer, Kreeger got control in the middle. She made a quick move to her left but went opposite, handcuffing Trenkamp from 14 yards.
Sarka had two 30-yard tries for the Green and Gold the rest of the half: at 17:31 and 4:21; but Wehri was there.
The Jays got a big goal just 49 ticks before the half. On a thru ball from Bonifas, Kreeger simply beat the defender to the ball; with Trenkamp out slightly in an attempt to cut off the angle, Kreeger fired a 16-yarder from the right post to the left side for a 2-0 edge.
The second half was all Blue Jays as their depth started to pay off, with the Lady Green only having one sub to turn to.
The Jays made it 3-0 at 35:36. On a ricochet off a defender, freshman Maria Giambruno-Fuge was there for the 8-yard putback just inside the right post.
Trenkamp denied the next shot on-goal: junior Emilee Grothouse’s 25-yarder at 29:24.
However, she could not on the next two. Kreeger fired a 22-yarder over the top that hit the bar and bounced perfectly to a charging Ankerman, who knocked the orb in from six yards inside the right post for a 4-0 edge with 28:17 remaining.
Trenkamp had three stops the erst of the half, especially making a leaping deflection of Kreeger’s 15-yard looper at 5:45.
“These girls continue to get better in all the parts of this game: ball control, passing, communicating, give-and-goes, all of that. That is nice to see this time of year, plus we’re getting healthier,” Munoz added. “We played more of a finesse match tonight than usual. At the same time, credit Ottoville. They never give up and they keep their heads in the match, no matter what; that’s why it’s fun to play them.”
Kimmet also had praises for the Jays.
“They wore us down. We don’t have the firepower we’ve had in the past but they do,” Kimmet added. “They can put scorers at every forward spot and outside mids and they keep at you. We can’t keep at it for 80 minutes when you only have a sub here or there. A lot of teams are suffering from the lack of numbers and injuries.”
Both units return to action Thursday: Ottoville on its Senior Night vs. Fort Jennings (6 p.m.; 7 seniors) and the Jays on the road at Lima Stadium vs. LCC.