|Lady Pirates squelch Jeffcats|
|Monday, September 23, 2013 12:00 AM|
By JIM METCALFE
CONTINENTAL — Continental’s girls soccer team took the measure of Jefferson Saturday morning at Continental High School, routing the Wildcats 8-1 — behind hat tricks from senior Paige Ordway and junior MaKenna Scott — in non-conference action.
“Continental is a very skilled and talented team. They are a gauge for us to see where we are at and how much we have to work to get there,” Jefferson coach Josiah Stober said. “It didn’t help that we have three girls out due to injury (defenders in lone senior Brooke Hesseling, junior Jordyn Radler and sophomore Tasha Shaeffer) to go against a very good scoring team.”
Continental coach Toby Bidlack seems to reload, no matter who he loses from the year before.
“Those are the expectations we’ve established the girls accept,” he explained. “The younger girls know what to expect and know that it’s their time; they step up and we don’t seem to miss a beat. For example, we lose a Leva Weller in goal and both of our keepers: junior Emma Recker and freshman Ashley Mansfield; have stepped in and done a nice job.”
The speedy and skilled Lady Pirates (7-1-1) attacked from the start and made life rough for Jefferson (4-5-1) junior keeper Kayleigh O’Connor (14 saves vs. 33 shots).
After the Pirates misfired on a couple of close attempts, O’Connor came up with a couple of nice saves of lasers by Scott at 34:03 and 33:10.
However, the hosts got on the board at 32:45. Off a corner kick from the right side by Ordway, senior Bridgette Shelton put a header in from eight yards on the right post.
Just 1:11 later, the home team made it 2-0. Off a good pass from senior Paige Kindilien, Ordway got control of the ball for an 8-yarder from the middle to the left side of the twine.
O’Connor kept it there with two saves: at 26:42, a 20-yarder by Kindilien; and 24:10, a 23-yarder by junior Taylor Niese.
The Wildcats made their first shot on-goal pay off at 23:04. Junior Kylee Haehn got control off the ball just outside the left post and fired a 16-yarder high and over the top of Recker (2 saves vs. 3 shots on-goal).
The Wildcats were called for a illegal handling in the box at 22:36, with senior Kiana Warnement getting the honors. However, O’Connor deflected the effort away.
At 21:10, Haehn got a 22-yard direct kick from the right side that was denied by Recker.
The Pirates then began to take advantage of its deeper bench — the Wildcats only had 13 girls dressed — and put four more goals in the docket in the last 17:59.
At that mark, Ordway got possession of the orb at 12 yards on the right post and blasted it off the hands of the Wildcat netminder and into the net for a 3-1 edge.
At 11:24, Scott did the honors off an assistant from freshman Paige Lawhorn, settling the ball in the middle and letting fly from 16 yards to the high side and a 4-1 edge.
Just a minute later, it became 5-1. Ordway finished off her hat trick off an assists from junior Caitlin Geckle. It set up a 1-on-1 10-yarder from the middle that found the right side of the cords.
The hosts finished off the scoring in the first half on a sequence: Lawhorn, on the left sideline, passing inside to Kindilien, who made a short pass to senior Sloane Zachrich. She then deposited an 8-yard header into the right side of the net for a 6-1 score with 4:35 left in the first half.
Neither team could dent the scoreboard early in the second half, though Haehn’s 20-yarder at 33:14 missed just wide left and Scott’s 17-yarder was also wide left.
At 27:21, Scott made it two goals. Off a steal in the Delphos box, she made a short run and fired a 12-yarder from the right wing to the left side for a 7-1 edge.
O’Connor made a couple of deflections to keep it there: at 22:40, off a 10-yarder from Scott; and 22:00, on a 14-yarder by senior Whitney Miller.
However, the Pirates tacked on the final tally at 17:37. Shelton set it up with a nice pass and Scott did the rest; her 8-yard blast slipped off the hands of O’Connor and into the back of the net.
The Lady ’Cats had a couple of tries in the last 16:20: with sophomore Logan Hamilton’s 25-yarder snuffed by Mansfield (1 save vs. 3 shots); at 5:26, when Haehn’s 14-yarder from the right wing missed just wide; and at 43 seconds, when junior Bailey Miller’s 12-yarder just missed the left post.
“I don’t think we got tired as much as we suffered from inexperience; again, with having to put girls in different positions than they were used to, you’re going to make mistakes,” Stober added. “Even in a loss, though, I saw improvement in the little things, the skills, we’ve been emphasizing in practice every night. We work on them constantly and we’re seeing the evidence.”
Continental dominated the corner kicks 6-1.
“This group is especially tight; they get along so well,” Bidlack added. “The camaraderie is fantastic. We compete hard in practice but once the practice ends, the girls are joking around and playing pranks. They are truly a joy to be around.”
Both teams return to action at 5 p.m. Tuesday: Jefferson hosting Fort Jennings and Continental hosting Archbold.