|Musketeer girls get better of Mustangs|
|Wednesday, October 02, 2013 12:18 AM|
By JIM METCALFE
FORT JENNINGS — The Fort Jennings girls soccer crew did its best work in the first half Tuesday afternoon, scoring three times en route to a 3-1 non-league victory over Allen East at Fort Jennings Athletic Complex.
Fort Jennings mentor Rodney Wagner figured it came down to a depth issue that didn’t allow his team to maintain consistency this day.
“We played well for the first half, despite going against the wind; we did some good things to get the goals. We did what we had to do as far as score and then held on,” Musketeer coach Rodney Wagner explained. “I think that wind took a lot out of us because we weren’t the same team the second. We are still missing five girls and I don’t know when we’ll get them back; that hurt us today when we needed the depth. Our defenders played the entire way and we were tired at the end. We usually try to keep our forwards and midfielders fresh but even they were playing 70 minutes, with only a break here or there. We got the lead, held on and got the win.”
His Lady Mustang counterpart, Lamar Houston, had the opposite assessment.
“We decided to start playing soccer the second half,” he explained. “What hurt us is that we start five freshmen and play two more, so we are still learning how to keep our shape and get back on defense. We reinforce that every day in practice but it’s a slow process of learning to do that in matches. We’re going through the growing pains; that’s what we went through today.”
The Lady Musketeers (7-3-3) controlled the orb for major parts of the first half, getting the first shot on-goal at 35:53 on a 16-yarder by junior Keri Eickholt, but Lady Mustang senior keeper Kyra Plaugher (4 saves vs. 10 shots) got the stop.
The Mustangs (8-3-4) then had some ball possession for the next five minutes or so but never really threatened the goal.
The hosts then re-asserted control for most of the last 30 minutes of the first half and broke through at 26:51. On a long shot from the left side by senior Ashley Gable, the ball hit off the crossbar and ricocheted right in front of the net, where senior Marissa Good pout the ball into the net from point-blank range for a 1-0 lead.
At 21:10, the visitors had an attempt by freshman Marie Beach from the right side that junior netminder Erin Osting (5 saves vs. 8 shots) gobbled up.
At 6:19, the hosts made it 2-0. Off a short corner kick from the right side, Gable found Good just outside the 18 box and her wing shot went over the top of the keeper and into left side of the twine.
Allen East had a 16-yard effort by freshman Jade Meyer denied by Osting.
The next real opening for the Orange and Black came with just 19 ticks to go in the half. Sophomore Jordan Horstman got a good run down the left side and fired a 12-yarder from the wing that deflected off a defender and inside the near post for a 3-0 edge.
The visitors had better control the second half — and thus better offensive opportunities — and had the first serious effort just 1:10 in but Meyer’s 20-yarder hit the bar.
Osting knocked away a 14-yarder by freshman Leah Casey at 33:40 and did the same on a 20-yarder by sophomore Savananh Silone at 33:00.
Jennings’ first good look in the half came at 30:19 when Gable shook loose for a 20-yarder but Plaugher deflected and finally got possession of the orb.
The visitors reduced their deficit to 3-1 at 28:21. Silone had a nice run down the left side, got around a defender just inside the box and fired a 14-yarder from the wing just inside the near post.
Shots on-goal were few and far between the rest of the way, with the defenders in front of the net not letting the forwards and attacking midfielders getting open looks.
Jennings hosts Van Buren at 5 p.m. Thursday, while Allen East visits Jefferson at 5 p.m. Monday.