3/26/2014 Lady Hornets Soccer 5, St Paul's Lutheran 1
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Story by Coach Lance Harvey

     The Chillicothe Lady Hornet soccer season got off to a solid start on Wednesday night with a 5-1 road victory over St. Paul Lutheran of Concordia. The conditions were typical of early spring soccer with temperatures in the 30's and a wind gusting directly from the south. The Lady Hornets were playing into that stiff breeze the first half but were able to take advantage of the unpredictable movement off the ball's flight when junior midfielder Lindy Saunders launched a high floating 35 yard shot that the St. Paul goalkeeper was unable to handle. It nestled in the back of the goal and the score was 1-0 with 20 minutes gone in the first half. Seven minutes later, Saunders tallied again when she converted a penalty kick into the right of the goal. the score remained 2-0 until just seconds before halftime when an unfortunate defensive breakdown allowed Hadley Rolf to slip a ball into the Hornets goal to make the score 2-1.
     Playing with the wind at their backs the second half Chillicothe was able to put continual pressure on the Lutheran defense. In the 48th minute Saunders intercepted a goal kick and immediately put a shot into the back of the goal to complete her hat trick.
     With a two goal lead the Lady Hornets continued their offensive onslaught. Senior co-captain Miranda Mammen got into the act when she took a great cross from freshman forward Karson Keithley and hit a right footed volley into the upper right side of the goal. In the 67th minute Mammen connected again off of a strong throw in from senior co-captain Megan Dominique. Mammen made a nice touch to the outside of a defender and fired the ball low into the right side of the net to set the final score.

     Sophomore goalkeeper Jaylene Sturguess had a solid outing when tested, collecting four saves.

     Coach Lance Harvey noted that the defense of Baily Fox, Hallee Jones, Jozie Reeter, Brooke Nelson and Lilly Stover played a solid first game, playing the ball out of the unpredictable wind and communicating well as a unit.
     "We played fairly well considering the conditions and it being our first game. We have a little bit more speed this year up front. But what Coach Grable and I like is that we see lots of room for improvement. Our midfielders and forwards are getting used to new positions and playing with each other so there is a lot of room for growth."

 

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