|Lady ’Cats take sting from Hornets|
|Wednesday, October 02, 2013 12:13 AM|
By JIM METCALFE
MT. CORY — Jefferson’s girls soccer team put up three goals in the first half Monday afternoon at Cory-Rawson High School en route to a 4-1 non-conference victory over the Lady Hornets at Mt. Cory.
The Wildcats had the first good look of the afternoon at 37:07 of the first half as junior Kylee Haehn fired a 20-yarder but Lady Hornet (5-5-3) senior keeper Abby Schultz (12 saves vs. 21 shots) got the stop.
The Hornets — with only one sub due to five injured players — had a great chance to go up a goal at 36:50 as Becca Schutz got a 1-on-1 16-yarder with Jefferson junior netminder Kayleigh O’Connor (5 saves vs. 10 shots) but the keeper deflected the orb wide.
Schutz had another try at 33:54 but missed over the top.
It was all Wildcats — with two injuries out of their 16 girls — after that in the half.
At 20:15, sophomore Logan Hamilton got free for a 1-touch 6-yarder but Schultz kicked the ball away.
The Wildcats (5-6-2) kept attacking and finally broke on the scoreboard at 18:14. Set up by an assist from junior Bailey Miller, freshman Addison Schimmoeller let fly from just inside the 18 from the left wing and got inside that post for a 1-0 edge.
The Hornets tried to tie it at 16:57 when junior Shiann Ludwig went for a high looper from 20 yards but O’Connor patiently grabbed the effort.
On the Wildcats’ next big chance — at 15:57 — they made it 2-0. Freshman Arianna Knebel fed Hamilton for a 16-yarder on the right wing and her shot found the left side of the twine.
Hamilton was denied at 13:21 when her 16-yarder was kicked away by Schultz.
Cory-rawson almost halved their deficit at 12:24 when senior Hannah Roebke for a good look from the left post but with O‘Connor coming off her line enough, the 12-yarder missed just wide right.
With 6:50 left in the half, Haehn — on the left side — passed inside to Knebel and her top-of-the-box shot eluded the keeper’s hands and found the left side of the twine for a 3-0 edge.
The keepers did a good job of denying the other offense’s chances in the second half.
O’Connor stopped a couple of shots within the first eight minutes, by freshman Dana Desgranges (35:59) and Roebke (32:43), as well as deflecting a 12-yarder by Roebke at 28:10.
After Haehn just missed at 34:31, Schultz deflected away a couple of Jefferson efforts: at 29:17, when she kicked away an 8-yarder by Hamilton; and at 19:59, when Hamilton’s 12-yarder was again deflected by the keeper.
At 16:43, senior Natasha Shields had a great chance for the hosts within eight yards but O’Connor made the save.
At 16:13, Schutz was open for a 19-yard laser but freshman defender Cheyanna Scirocco got in the way.
Schultz kept the Wildcats off the board — or else they missed the target — numerous times in the second half before the home team finally broke the shutout at 6:18. Off a great individual effort, freshman Brooklyn Shoemaker fired a 12-yarder on the right wing that found the opposite side of the net for a 3-1 deficit.
However, the Red and White tacked on the final goal at 1:41. On a quick counter down the right sideline, Hamilton fed Haehn for a nice run and her 17-yarder got inside the near post.
“Even though we scored three times the first half, I didn’t feel we played very well. There are things we work on every day at practice and we like to see them carried over to the matches; we didn’t see that the first half and that was disappointing,” Jefferson coach Josiah Stober explained. “I felt we were much better the second half, despite only scoring once more. We are trying to establish the right way of playing soccer here at Jefferson and we did that more the second half. We have some possessions where we had five or six passes in a row that found feet, something we have been focusing on at practice. We communicated much better — again, a point of emphasis — and we had better shots on-goal.”
Cory-Rawson hosts Bluffton Wednesday.
“I was disappointed in our effort the first half; we came out very flat and were very passive,” Hornet coach Mark Schwemer added. “Jefferson is a patient team that plays calm; they like to take their time. We were better the second half; the girls responded to our talk at halftime. We still weren’t as aggressive as I’d like but that was better. We just ran into the fact we had one sub.”
The Wildcats visit Lima Senior at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.