|Lady Cavs shut out Wildcats in soccer tourney|
|Monday, October 14, 2013 1:30 AM|
By JIM METCALFE
ELIDA — A deep Coldwater girls soccer squad wore down an undermanned Jefferson unit 5-0 in Division III sectional action under the lights Saturday night at the Elida Soccer Complex.
“We started out with 16 girls and we were down to 13 today. Despite that, these girls kept battling to the end. They never gave up, no matter what,” Jefferson coach Josiah Stober said. “They did wear us down; when they could sub in six girls at a time, we had one or two. I am so proud of the effort the girls have given all season and gave today.”
Coldwater coach Scott Brinkman figured his team’s depth would pay off.
“We had 22 dressed today — all that you’re allowed to by the rules — and another seven that we couldn’t dress; we used them all,” he explained. “I am extremely pleased with our defense; I thought in particular that Paige Siefring had her best match of the season. She stayed with her girl all night long, whoever it was. Then, Alanna doesn’t let anything through. This was a great team effort from front to back.”
The Lady Cavaliers (7-9) had the first shot just 48 seconds into the matchup as Erica Sudhoff fired from 16 yards but freshman keeper Makaya Dunning (8 saves vs. 13 shots on-goal) — subbing for injured junior Kayleigh O’Connor — got the save.
She did the same on a 14-yarder by Holly Rindler at 32:04.
She could not at 20:09. Brianna Obringer had the original attempt — a 16-yarder from the left wing — that Dunning deflected to the opposite side, where Haley Kahlig was in perfect position to put back the ricochet.
The Lady Wildcats (6-9-2) had their first attempt at 17:26 when sophomore Logan Hamilton had a free kick from the right sideline but her shot was well wide of the mark.
The Cavaliers had a pair of efforts the rest of the half: at 17:00, when Dunning stopped a shot from Leslie Stelzer; and at 9:50, when Stelzer had a prime opening in from of the net but was just over the crossbar.
Jefferson had the first shot on-goal of the second half — at 36:31 — when junior Bailey Miller let one loose from just outside the box but keeper Alanna Severt (2 saves vs. 2 shots on-goal) came up with the goods.
Coldwater put up its second goal at 35:33 of the second half. A long kick from Severt fueled a quick counterattack that eventually got to Rindler; she fired a 12-yarder from the right wing that went over the top and into the twine.
At 33:35, Anna Kahlig had a 28-yarder deflected away by Dunning.
The Red and White almost had a goal at 27:00 when Miller fired from 28 yards and the orb nearly slipped out of Severt’s hands but she eventually got the save.
The Cavaliers made it 3-0 at 21:45. Kaitlyn Schmit made a nice lead pass from the right side to the middle, where Rachel Luthman got enough control of the bouncing ball to go over the top from eight yards.
They nearly made it a 4-goal lead at the 18-minute mark when Jenna Black almost connected with Haley Kahlig on a corner kick but her 8-yarder just missed wide left.
The visiting team made it 4-0 at 14:18 when Rindler got on a run down the left side, veered toward the wing and went high side from 13 yards.
The Wildcats again had a chance at 11:29 on a crossing pass from Hamilton. Severt came out to intercept but the ball slipped out of her hands; she had to scramble to prevent a follow shot.
Junior Kylee Haehn had an opening for Delphos at 7:28 after she beat the keeper to a free ball on the right post but just missed wide to that side.
Coldwater almost made it 5-0 at 5:20. On a free kick by Anna Kahlig, her 20-yard shot forced a diving deflection by Dunning; Sudhoff’s follow from in close was over the bar.
Haehn had a 16-yarder at 1:32 that backup netminder Brittany Muhlenkamp (2 saves, 2 shots) grabbed after a deflection.
With just three seconds to go, the Cavaliers tacked on the final tally. Taylar May crossed the ball from the right sideline to Kylie Post in front and she put the ball in the back of the net.
“We have come a long way this year, from start to finish. We have all but Brooke Hesseling back,” Stober added. “She played in less than half our matches because of injury but she still showed leadership any way she could. I am looking forward to see what we do in the off-season; we have 5-7 girls that play club and I’d like to see us have a few more. Throw in what I expect will be a few freshmen next year and the future looks bright for Jefferson soccer.
Coldwater advances to play second-seeded St. John’s at 7 p.m. Wednesday.