|Lady Jays get first soccer win of ’13|
|Monday, September 02, 2013 12:00 AM|
By JIM METCALFE
LIMA — St. John’s scored twice in a 2-minute span in the second half to seal a 2-0 girls soccer non-conference victory over Lima Senior on a warm and humid Saturday afternoon on the turf of Lima Stadium.
“These girls keep working hard. We’ve had four tough matches to open up the season and we’ve been competitive all four,” St. John’s coach John Munoz said. “I thought we controlled the ball with our passing and movement; we just didn’t finish.”
For Lima Senior coach Bonnie Wicker, she still liked what she saw.
“We have more numbers the last two years than we had in a long time,” she said. “Now it’s a matter of putting the skills together. We’re getting better and that’s the goal right now.”
The Lady Blue Jays (1-3-1) had the better of the proceedings but had nothing to show for it as it was 0-0 at the half.
The Jays continued to have good opportunities in the second half and had a try at 29:20 as senior Lyndsay Mohler tried to ricochet a corner kick into the goal but missed wide left.
At 25:40, senior Lindsay Warnecke missed from 10 yards.
Just 50 ticks later, the ball was tantalizingly free in front of the Jays’ goal with the keeper, Skylar Quintero (6 saves versus 9 shots on-goal), out of position. With senior Jessica Koverman in hot pursuit, the keeper finally kicked the ball away.
At 20:38, Koverman had a 12-yarder denied by the keeper.
At 15:42, the Jays had a breakaway, with senior Madison Kreeger with the ball on the right wing. However, her 10-yarder was denied.
Kreeger finally broke through for the Lady Blue Jays. With a defender on her left shoulder on the right wing, she fired an 8-yarder into the left side of the net.
Not much later — at 11:36 — Warnecke connected with Mohler on a corner kick from the right side to the middle, where she chested the ball in from six yards.
The Spartans (3-2) had two chances after that: at 10:55, when Brittany Kunkleman misfired from 12 yards; and 9:01, when Taylor Lesh’s 35-yarder was lapped up by junior keeper Samantha Wehri (2 saves vs. 3 shots on-goal).
The Blue and Gold had a few chances in the first half.
Kreeger’s first try at 38:14 forced the keeper to come up with a diving stop.
The same thing happened at 32:28 but it was a more conventional stop.
Lima Senior let fly a 30-yarder that slipped over the crossbar.
The Jays’ other best shots came at 8:38, when Kreeger had the keeper out of position but Kayleigh Twining finally kicked the ball away; freshman Kelsi Gillespie pooched an 18-yarder that the keeper deflected away at 7:58; and the keeper stopped a near-own goal at 2:41.
The hosts had their final chance the first half — 6:29 — as Jenna Miles fired from the left wing but Wehri got the stop.
“We’re progressing every day, especially in such matters as give-and-gos and the little things about the game,” Munoz added. “We sustain our effort better each time. I notice that when things start to break down some, like we start playing kick-ball, we get ourselves out of it quicker. Those are the things we’re looking for with so many young faces in the lineup.”
St. John’s visits Coldwater 5 p.m. Tuesday, while Lima Senior plays Clay Wednesday.