FORT JENNINGS — It was a tale of two halves between Jefferson and Cory-Rawson on a brilliant but chilly Monday afternoon/evening at Keith Hamel Memorial Field in Fort Jennings.
The visiting Lady Hornets won the first and the Lady Wildcats the second.
When the 80 minutes was over, the teams had fought to a 1-1 draw.
Five Jefferson seniors played their final home matches: Courtney Van Schoyck, Jenna Moreo, Rachel Miller, Corrine Metzger and goalkeeper Paige Miller.
“This was our third match in five days and I think we didn’t have a lot of energy the first half,” Jefferson coach Josiah Stober explained. “We only have the three subs off the bench but we get stretched when we have a stretch like this. Our seniors have really played well this year for me. We’ve come a long way since the start.”
The Lady Hornets (3-10-1) had 10 shots, eight on-goal (11 for the match), in the first half.
They took advantage of the tired Jeffcats to possess the orb more.
Sophomore Kylee Haehn had two attempts stopped by C-R netminder Natasha Shields (7 saves): at 30:49 and 20:31.
Hornets had chances but either Paige Miller (7 total stops) was up to the ask or the Hornets’ aim was off the mark.
The visitors had a great opening at 25:58 when Miller had come out to gather up a ball and fell down; when she couldn’t get back in time, Shiann Ludwig had an open goal from eight yards but it was wide left.
Miller denied Rebecca Schutz from the right post on a deflection.
However, the Hornets scored at the 23:56 mark when junior Mallory Hiser finished off a flurry in front of the goal — at least two other legitimate attempts were either deflected by the keeper or other defenders — as she went inside the right post from six yards.
At 15:37, Moreo tried from 15 yards but it was denied by a defender.
At the 6-minute mark, Schutz had a great chance in front of the net but her 8-yarder was denied by Metzger.
The second half, especially early on, was all Red and White.
The Lady Wildcats (5-8-2), who only had three shots on-goal the first half but 10 the second, dominated the second 40 minutes.
Shields was under the gun as it seemed the Hornets could never get the ball outside of its defensive end.
She stopped three shots in the first 3:17: by sophomore Bailey Miller (38:40); freshman Logan Hamilton (38:01): and Haehn (36:43) on a diving stab.
However, she could not deny the next one. Far out on the right side, Hamilton crossed inside to Haehn on the post; her 1-toucher from nine yards got past the keeper and tied it at 1.
The Wildcats had more chances in the second half but couldn’t put them in the back of the net, either via saves by the keeper or defenders deflecting shots away.
The best hope came at 12:14, when Haehn stole a ball and launched a high, hard 18-yarder that hit off the crossbar and then off the keeper; she had the wherewithal to gather in the orb.
Rawson’s best chances to win the match came at 27:57, when a goal by Hannah Roebke was denied due to offsides; and at 5:24, when Roebke hit the outside of the right post from 17 yards.
“We’ve played a lot of 1-goal matches this year but haven’t won too many. We have rarely led,” Cory-Rawson coach Jay Frommer said. “We played state power Archbold Saturday and only trailed 1-0 at the half before losing 3-0. We just couldn’t maintain our effort from the first half, where we played very well. We almost got the match-winner later in the second half.”
The Hornets host Van Buren 5 p.m. today.
“The girls just had a lot more energy the second half, a lot more intensity. Cory played pretty physical the first half and we didn’t match it,” Stober added. “We did match it the second half and we played with more intensity. I felt we had some great chances to put more shots in the net; that is the next stage of our development overall because everything else is coming along.”
Jefferson visits Allen East 5 p.m. Thursday.