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Monday, October 14, 2013 1:36 AM

JIM METCALFE

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ELIDA — Junior Hannah McCleery scored all four goals as Lincolnview’s girls soccer crew ousted Van Wert County rival Crestview 4-0 in the opening match of the Division III sectional at Elida Saturday.

“Hannah dominated today. She did everything; controlled the midfield, distributed the ball and scored,” Lincolnview coach Katrina Smith noted. “Then Julia made some outstanding saves; I don’t know where we’d be without her, not only today but all year. She’s been great in goal all season.”

Crestview coach Melissa Mefferd agreed with those sentiments.

“We lost Hannah a few too many times. She’s a good player and when you lose her defensively, she will beat you,” she explained. “Thatcher was just too good in goal. We had our chances but we couldn’t get anything past her.”

 

The Lady Lancers (3-10-3) had the first effort at 38:15 when sophomore Brooke Schroeder got free from 10 yards but her shot was just wide left.

 

They went up 1-0 at 33:23. McCleery was open from 20 yards in the middle and curled her shot into the left side of the net.

At 21:10, the Knights (1-13-2) were called for handling in the box and McCleery took the penalty kick, going hard and to the left past Lady Knight sophomore netminder Alyssa Walter (7 saves vs. 11 shots on-goal).

The Lancers had a number of opportunities the rest of the half but couldn’t find the target or Walter came up with the saves.

The Knights started to generate some offense in the last half of the opening 40 minutes.

Their first prime shot came at 14:04 when senior Brooke Bowen fired a 16-yard laser that forced a diving deflection by Lancer junior keeper Julia Thatcher (9 saves vs. 9 shots).

She had two more saves: at 9:06 on a 16-yarder by Bowen; and at 36 seconds when she denied a 30-yarder by Riley Guest.

Lincolnview made it 3-0 at 37:48. McCleery got free from 14 yards on the right wing and went to the opposite side.

At 35:50, sophomore Savannah Bigham fired a 12-yarder that Walter deflected away.

Just 50 seconds later, though, she could not deny McCleery’s fourth tally. On a beautifully lofted corner kick from the left side by Schroeder, McCleery was on the doorstep of the right post and headed in the 6-yarder.

The Lady Knights again started to get some offense going the rest of the way.

At 22:00, Guest had a free kick from 24 yards that got through the 4-person wall and forced a diving deflection by Thatcher; Jamie Moore had a point-blank putback from the left post that Thatcher again denied.

Thatcher again was big at 20:54 when she knocked away a 12-yard blast from Moore.

She preserved the shutout the rest of the way, with the best Crestview effort at 5:40 when she slapped away a 12-yarder by Bowen; Moore’s follow shot was just off the mark.

“We had tied Crestview 1-1 early in the season but that was a while ago; we hadn’t see them in a while,” Smith added. “Our defense played well overall, especially as Crestview started to put an attack together. We executed our game plan. We just have to play like we did today Wednesday against LCC; we lost to them in the regular season.”

Mefferd has to say goodbye to seven seniors out of her roster of 19.

“It’s always emotional to see your seniors play their final matches,” she added. “They are good leaders and good athletes. It was a frustrating year with injuries and such and these girls never had a bad attitude; they kept battling and for that, I’m proud of them.”

Lincolnview plays top seed Lima Central Catholic at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Last Updated on Monday, October 14, 2013 2:02 AM
 

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