(Story by Coach Lance Harvey)
Lady Hornets Soccer team had a strong outing against the St. Joe
Benton Cardinals, registering a 3-1 victory on Monday night.
The Hornets opened up the scoring in the ninth minute
when forward Sarah Hussey followed mishandled ball by Cardinal
goalkeeper Keelie Arbuckle and pushed it into the back of the net
for her first goal of the season. Chilli took advantage of a strong
tailwind and put together several scoring opportunities which
culminated in a goal by freshman forward Lindy Saunders at the 27
minute mark of the first half.
Saunders struck again three minutes later as she ran
onto a beautiful pass out of the midfield , settled the ball and hit
a hard shot past the frozen keeper. The Lady Hornets pressured the
rest of the half but were not able to score again as the half
The second half was a different story as Benton, with
the wind now at their backs and aided by the return of suspended
forward Savannah Domann, sent several long, dangerous passes into
the Chillicothe area. Fortunately, the defensive unit played strong
fundamentally and goalkeeper Brooke Jettleson posted six of her nine
total saves in another solid outing.
As the clock clicked down to full time, the play became
increasingly rough. The Lady Hornets withstood the aggressive
onslaught of the Cardinals and were about to collect their second
shut out of the season when Chillicothe was called for a suspect
penalty in the final minute, thus awarding Benton a penalty kick
which was converted by forward Paige Neale. Time soon expired and
the Hornets left victorious, evening their record at 2 and 2.
Coach Lance Harvey noted that outside midfielder,
Brooke Thomas, played a phenomenal game, pushing the ball up field
and spreading the defense. Overall the effort put forth by all the
players was outstanding.
“Coach D and I breakdown each game and both of us have
seen marked improvement since the beginning of practice. These girls
are very coachable and they really work to implement the things we
teach in practice into their games.”