|St. John’s ties Miller City in girls soccer|
|Wednesday, September 25, 2013 12:41 AM|
By JIM METCALFE
DELPHOS — Miller City scored a goal in the first half and St. John’s one in the second.
All told, the Lady Blue Jays and Lady Wildcats battled to a 1-1 draw in girls soccer action Monday at the St. John’s Annex.
“Overall, it was a good game. Our defensive line did a nice job in front of Sam at not giving up a lot of good shots most of the night,” St. John’s coach John Munoz noting. “We had a solid game all-around. There are times we play kick-ball but then we settle down — it’s taking less time for us to do so — and start to play our possession game.”
Miller City coach Ron Bruce doesn’t have the experienced hands he is used to.
“What I have is a lot of inexperienced players,” Bruce explained. “We only have three players back from last year with any varsity experience. We start three freshmen, four sophomores and a junior, with only five seniors total (out of 21).”
The visitors (3-8-3) had the better of the proceedings in the first half but Blue Jay junior netminder Samantha Wehri (5 saves versus 10 shots) came up with the goods early on — or else the guests missed the target.
The Jays (4-7-2) had some early chances, too, with freshman Carleigh Ankerman — moved up front from her defensive spot — had an 18-yarder denied at 38:50 by Miller City sophomore keeper Amanda Simon (7 saves vs. 10 shots); senior Lindsey Warnecke nearly connecting with classmate Lyndsay Mohler at 38:04 but just missing; and Ankerman missing a 14-yarder — off another corner — just over the top at 33:51.
Wildcat senior Jessica Schmenk, after a corner kick sequence, barely missed a 14-yarder at 30:20.
At 26:30, Blue Jay senior Jessica Koverman was shook up and had to leave the match.
St. John’s nearly made it 1-0 at 13:35 when senior Madison Kreeger — slowed by an injury — got a good chance from 14 yards but Simon first deflected the effort and finally got control.
The visitors finally broke through at the 2:29 mark of the first half. Freshman Tiffany Welty launched a floated from 40 yards on the right side that handcuffed Wehri, finding the left side of the net for a 1-nil halftime edge.
The Jays seemed to take over more in the second half, limiting the chances the Wildcats had at the goal to a mere two (with 2 Wehri saves).
Kreeger had to leave the match at 32:24 with an injury and did not return.
The Jays compensated and had more solid offerings, with Simon stopping senior Samantha Bonifas from 25-yards at 31:55.
However, she could not on their next great chance: at 20:30. Off a corner kick sequence in front of the net, sophomore Erin Williams, got control on the right post and put a 14-yarder inside that post for the equalizer.
At 9:54, Warnecke had a 19-yarder deflected away by Simon.
Simon kept the Jays from scoring the rest of the way, turning aside efforts by Bonifas at 9:01 and ay 4:01.
“We get everybody back from injury and then we lose Jessica and Madison during the game. Fortunately, they appear to be more minor, so hopefully, they’ll be back quickly,” Munoz added. “Fortunately, we have a week and a half off for them to get healthy again. We do have a scrimmage against New Knoxville before our next match but we have time to really work on some things and hopefully start to connect on those timing plays we’re just missing. We’re close.”
Miller City hosts Archbold Saturday.
Bruce hopes his team can grow up in a hurry the rest of the way.
“We are going through those slowly,” he added. “Plus, with the challenging schedule we play, our opponents take advantage of every mistake we make. We’re inconsistent, which is what you expect out of inexperienced players.”
The Jays are off until Oct. 5 when they host Cory-Rawson.