|Knights, Lady ‘Cats end in soccer draw|
|Friday, September 27, 2013 12:05 AM|
By JIM METCALFE
FORT JENNINGS — Both Jefferson and Crestview had moments Thursday afternoon where both of their coaches were extremely pleased.
They also had times during their Northwest Conference girls soccer match where they didn’t.
When the final gun sounded, the teams were locked in a 3-3 draw at Keith Hamel Memorial Field in Fort Jennings.
“For some reason, we got off to a sluggish start; we didn’t play well at all the first half and I didn’t feel we played well overall,” Jefferson coach Josiah Stober said. “We didn’t do the things we’ve improved at so much over the season. We didn’t communicate well, we didn’t pass well; we were just sluggish.”
Crestview coach Melissa Mefferd had a different perspective.
“We started really well, getting that first goal. We came out aggressive,” Mefferd explained. “Unfortunately, we can’t seem to maintain it the whole match; that has been our problem the last six matches. We’ve focused on trying to play for 80 minutes and, outside of a spurt in the second half, I felt we did that. When we got down 3-2, I’m proud of the girls for fighting back. We could have gotten down mentally and didn’t.”
The first eight minutes, neither squad could get a good look at the goal.
That changed at 31:28 when Crestview (1-10-2, 1-1-2 NWC) got the first shot and made it pay off. Keyed by a lead pass from junior Kylee Gent, freshman Kylee Agler made it work as she got a good run down the right side, juked a defender, veered toward the goal and with junior netminder Kayleigh O’Conner (4 saves vs. 8 shots on-goal) out to try and cut off the angle, fired a 16-yarder into the left side of the twine for a 1-0 edge.
Jefferson’s first open look came at 21:54 when junior Kylee Haehn turned and fired a 12-yarder from the left wing but the shot hit a defender and Crestview sophomore goalkeeper Alyssa Walter (9 saves, 14 shots) gobbled the orb up.
At 13:07, Haehn again got open from 16-yarder but the shot was deflected over the top by Walter.
At 9:50, freshman Addison Schimmoeller’s 18-yarder was deflected out of bounds by a defender.
Crestview made it 2-0 at 5:55. Senior Brooke Bowen made a great run from midfield down the middle, veering toward the left post as she neared the goal. Again, with O’Conner trying to cut off the angle, the senior fired a 12-yarder to the right side of the cords.
Crestview learned a lesson about playing to the whistle at 2:26 and it cost them a goal. With a defender down in front of the net, Walter and her defenders stopped playing, expecting a whistle, but none was coming. Junior Adrie Miller fired a 16-yarder from the right wing inside the post for a 2-1 deficit.
“I just told the girls about playing through that,” Mefferd added. “Our keeper is a compassionate girl and when her teammate went down, she went to help her. It’s just one of those things you have to learn; no matter your personal feelings, you have to remain focused and keep playing.”
Bowen had the first opening of the second half but her 16-yarder on the right side of the 18-yard box hit the right post and bounced out of play.
Jefferson (4-6-2, 2-0-1) then seemed to seize momentum and pressed forward with its attack. At 37:03, Walter had to make a diving save of a 1-touch 14-yarder by Haehn.
Haehn was just wide right on a 16-yarder from the left wing at 25:10.
The hosts had two prime chances within a couple of seconds of each other at the 24:20 mark: first, on a free kick just outside the box, Haehn’s 19-yarder was deflected by Walter to her left, with freshman Arianna Knebel there for a follow shot - this time, Walter got the stop.
Walter made another deflection of an 18-yarder by Haehn at 15:45.
The attack continued and the Red and White finally tied it at 2-2 with 15:27 showing; sophomore Logan Hamilton made an inside pass from the right side to Haehn, whose curling 20-yarder went over the top of Walter and into the net.
At 10:06, the Wildcats made it 3-2. Off Haehn’s corner kick from the left side, Knebel got possession at the top of the box, turned and fired inside the right post.
Crestview knotted it at 3 with 5:03 left. On an original run by Bowen, her 12-yarder was blocked by O’Conner but the ricochet came back to senior Desiree Hiday, whose middle 8-yarder found the left side of the net.
The Lady Knights had the final chance on-goal as Bowen’s 18-yarder was knocked away by O’Conner.
“The second half, we had a 10- to 15-minute spurt where we showed what we can do when we do the little things. We got more shots on-goal in that span than we did the rest of the match,” Stober added. “We just couldn’t connect on more shots. We passed the ball better, we moved quicker, we talked more. It took us a while to get into the match.”
Crestview visits Van Wert at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Jefferson visits Cory-Rawson at 5 p.m. Monday.