|Lady Green, Musketeers battle to scoreless draw|
|Friday, October 11, 2013 12:16 AM|
By BOB WEBER
OTTOVILLE — Thursday night in front of a nice crowd at the Ottoville Sports Complex, the Ft. Jennings Lady Musketeers and Lady Green of Ottoville played their last regular season soccer game.
The match was hard-fought defensively on both ends and the Lady Musketeers dominated on the offensive end; however, the game ended in a 0-0 tie.
Thursday marked the final regular-season game for 13 (7 Lady Green, 6 Lady Musketeers) playing the game they loved and gave their all during their high school years.
Before the Big Green faithful acknowledged their seniors, the outgoing Lady Musketeers were recognized and given a flower by the Lady Green soccer team members. Seniors Cassie Horstman, Emily Grone, Nicole Ricker, Jamie Saum, Ashley Gable and Marissa Good were the six seniors Lady Musketeers’ Head Coach Rodney Wagner recognized.
For the home squad, playing their last regular-season home game in front the Big Green faithful, seniors Stephanie Horstman, Haylee Koester, Monica Sarka, Megan Schnipke, Danielle Trenkamp, Amy Tumblin and Karin Wendeberg walked across the field one last time arm and arm with their parents.
The first half saw the Lady Green have the first real scoring chance at the 37:07 mark when sophomore Carly Kortokrax broke loose and sent a shot on goal that was saved by Musketeer junior goalie Erin Osting.
That would be the only real scoring threat the Lady Green would have for the half.
On the other sideline, the Lady Musketeers controlled the ball for much of the first half with numerous shots from Gable, Saum and Grone on the Lady Green goal. Trenkamp, the Lady Green goalie, played very well in goal throughout the game and quite often tipped the ball in the air and was able to control or save the ball before it crossed the line.
Also, the Lady Green defense played hard during the first 40 minutes, anchored by sophomore Alena Horstman clearing the ball out of danger many times.
The second half was a continuation of the first for the Musketeers with time after time the visitors sending shot after shot at the goal. The Lady Musketeers challenged the Lady Green defense till the last second but the home squad was up to the challenge as time expired with the game ending in a 0-0 tie.
The Lady Musketeers (8-4-4, 2-1-1 PCL) will next week be right back in Ottoville as they start their tournament run facing the Wildcats from Miller City at 5 p.m. Tuesday night.
The Lady Green (5-10-1, 0-4 PCL) will also start sectional play at Ottoville where they will take on the Lady Titans of Ottawa-Glandorf in the second game Tuesday night.
Saves- Ft. Jennings - Erin Osting (4); Ottoville - Danielle Trenkamp (11).