|Lady ‘Dawg defense holds off Titans|
|Friday, September 27, 2013 12:12 AM|
By DAVE BONINSEGNA
GLANDORF — The Elida Lady Bulldogs soccer team was coming off an offensive explosion in a 8-1 win over Kenton.
On Thursday night at Titan Field against Western Buckeye League foe Ottawa-Glandorf, the Lady Bulldogs let the defense do the work as they blanked the Titans 1-0.
Lindsey Hall got the lone goal for the Bulldogs, while keeper Caitlyn Shroyer had a stellar performance in the net with seven saves in the first half and 10 in the second 40 minutes.
“This is the best performace that we have seen by her (Shroyer); that was a big confidence-booster for her and a breakout game. If we can get more like that, it really puts us at the top; that is all that we can ask for,” Elida coach Brady Overholt stated.
The Titans had the first attempt of the match but Abby Waddle was able to deflect the ball away and send it back towards the Elida offensive end of the pitch.
Not long after, Hall knocked the ball past O-G netminder Megan Hoehn off of a corner kick with 31:13 showing on the scoreboard.
“We got that one early and we were banged up tonight but after we got to 20 minutes, we just packed the box on defense. She (Hall) has scored eight or nine off the corners this year; she just got to the back side and put it in,” Overholt noted.
The rest of the match can be summed up in two words: Caitlyn Shroyer. The senior made stop after stop and with the aid of defenders Waddle and Erika Stoodt, the Bulldogs were able to twart off the Titans attack.
Elida dodged a bullet early in the second half when the hosts got a penalty kick off of a handling call inside the box. However, the Michelle Maag kick went high, keeping the score at 1-0.
Midway into the second half, the home team had three consecutive corner kicks but were unable to capitalize.
Shroyer gathered in five more saves, including a sliding one with 15:25 to go as the O-G offense continued to pound away with no results.
The victory sends the Bulldogs to 8-4-1 on the season, while Ottawa-Glandorf drops its second in a row and falls 7-3-3.
Elida hosts Fort Jennings for a noon-time start Saturday.