Story by Coach Lance Harvey
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
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.
goalkeeper Jaylene Sturguess had a solid outing when tested,
collecting four saves.
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."