Story by Coach
The Chillicothe Lady Hornets soccer season kicked
off in winning fashion on Thursday, scoring a victory over the
visiting St. Paul Lutheran Lady Saints 4 - 2. Playing with the
wind in their faces Chillicothe none the less was able to
control possession of the ball and generate several scoring
opportunities in the first half. Sophomore forward Hannah
Jones started the scoring 17 minutes into the game, delivering
a nice shot of an assist from freshman reserve midfielder
Harlie Jones. The Hornets struck again six minutes later when
senior Lindy Saunders floated a corner kick into the penalty.
The ball was headed out but found its way to the feet of
Saunders who sent another pass in to a charging Hallee Jones
who fired a shot past the keeper. Five minutes later
Chillicothe added to their score when Saunders beat her
defender and fired a low curving shot into the corner of the
St. Paul goal.
The Lady Saints would answer in the 30th minute as
forward Rebecca Roepe outraced the Chillicothe defense to a
long ball and sent a shot into the back of the Hornet net. The
half ended with the score 3 - 1.
With the wind at their backs Chillicothe pressured St.
Paul early in the second half. Senior midfielder Sam Baldwin
out hustled several Saint defenders and fired a shot into the
back of the net to make it 4 - 1. St. Paul made the game
closer when Roepe scored again with 10 minutes left but
Chillicothe's defense tightened up and the Lady Hornets walked
away with the victory.
Coaches Lance Harvey and Meredith Brick saw a lot of
positives in their first game, namely the pressure applied by
forwards Jones and Karson Keithley and the veteran presence of
seniors Saunders, Baldwin Hallee Jones, Jozie Reeter, Bailey
Fox and Brooke Nelson. They also cited the play Harlie Jones,
freshman Morgan Grable off the bench and the hustle of
midfielders Mariah Cox and Kiara Botts. Junior goalkeeper
Jaylene Sturguess was solid, contributing 12 saves.