|LadyCats, Musketeers advance in tourney play|
|Monday, October 22, 2012 1:18 PM|
By BOB WEBER
The Delphos Herald
OTTOVILLE — Saturday night, the Ottoville Sports Complex had four of the best Putnam County League girls soccer teams battle it out in two contests to advance on in Division III tournament play.
In the first contest, the Lady Wildcats of Kalida High School kept their unbeaten record intact with a 4-0 win over the Lady Green of Ottoville High School.
The first half of the match was very hard-fought with only a combined four shots on-goal – all of which came from the Wildcats.
The Lady Green actually started with the first very promising attempt to score at the 32:30 mark when junior Kendra Eickholt sent a great centering pass from the left side across the goal mouth but no one was home on the right side for the Lady Green to take advantage.
Eickholt had another chance at the 15:00 mark after being awarded a penalty kick out at the 28-yard marker but her shot never threatened the goal of the Wildcats.
Unlike the Lady Green, the ball in the first half seemed to be in possession of the Lady Wildcats throughout the half. The Lady Wildcats used the advantage at the 25:30 mark when sophomore Makenna Vorst, with an assist from sophomore Jackie Gardner, found the back of the net to give the Wildcats the early 1-0 lead.
Vorst, Gardner and senior Summer Holtkamp continued the pressure on the Lady Green defense but couldn’t increase the lead as halftime came.
The second half found the Lady Wildcats continuing their pressure on the offensive end, coupled with great defense that only allowed two Lady Green shots on-goal for the entire contest.
Senior Rachel Turnwald found a little daylight in the Wildcat defense at the 36:00 mark; however, Wildcat junior goalkeeper Sarah Verhoff (2 saves) easily saved the attempt.
Lady Wildcat head coach David Kehres and his group dented the scoreboard three more times in the second half.
Holtkamp split the defense and blasted a shot by the Lady Green senior goalkeeper Rachel Beining (6 saves) at the 37:54 mark, extending the lead to 2-0.
Gardner used her quickness and powerful foot to increase the lead to 3-0 at the 29:00 mark with a sharp shot that found the left side of the net.
The final Wildcat goal came off of a penalty in the box, which Holtkamp took advantage of to give her team the final tally.
The Lady Wildcats (16-0-1) had 10 shots on-goal for the contest and will next be in action 6 p.m. Wednesday night for another PCL matchup with the Lady Musketeers of Fort Jennings at the Ottoville Sports Complex.
The Lady Green (10-6-1) finishes its fine year under the veteran leadership of head coach Tim Kimmet with seven seniors playing their last match for the Green and Gold.
In the second contest of the night, the Musketeers defeated the Lady Wildcats of Miller City 2-0.
Similar to the first contest, shots on-goal came at a premium. The match from the very start was extremely physical and the officials let both teams play and decide the contest on the pitch.
Lady Wildcat senior Meagan Giblin had her team’s first shot on-goal at the 28:40 mark but Lady Musketeer senior goalie Gabbie German scooped it up and cleared it away.
Two minutes later, at 26:45, Lady Musketeer junior Emily Grone sprinted down the left side of the pitch, getting by the Wildcat defenders, and sent a shot that eluded the reach of Wildcat senior goalkeeper Melissa Michel to give the Musketeers a 1-0 lead.
The Wildcats, trying to come up with the equalizer for the half, couldn’t find the back of the net as halftime came.
Shots on-goal favored the Lady Musketeers 3-2 for the half.
The first 10 minutes of the second half was completely dominated by the Musketeers as junior Ashley Gable and senior Elaina Maag started with shots on-goal at 37:40 and 36:05, respectively. Michel saved and cleared both attempts.
At the 30:56 mark came one of those shots that you talk about the next morning at the coffee shop. Lady Musketeer senior Macy Schroeder, from around 40 yards away, sent a high arching blast towards the Wildcat goal that was not only on target but just sailed over the outstretched arms of Michel to give her team a 2-0 lead.
The Wildcats continued to fight and looking to get that first break to find the back of the net with a score.
That opportunity came at 24:50 when senior Jennifer Leis was awarded a penalty kick that was blasted on target; however, a great save by German kept the shutout alive.
The Wildcats’ (8-10) final scoring attempt came at 3:10 when freshman Brittany Kohl’s shot ricocheted off the crossbar.
The win may have been bittersweet for head coach Rodney Wagner’s Lady Musketeers as junior Emily Grone went down with an apparent serious leg injury and was carried off the field late in the second half.
The Lady Musketeers (13-1-3) will face the Lady Wildcats, the only team they lost to 1-0 earlier in the year.