Girls Soccer Loses Opener To Eastbrook

Posted on August 15, 2018 in Fall Sports, Girl's Soccer

CONVERSE — The girls soccer sides from Eastbrook and Oak Hill have grown accustomed to playing tightly contested matches with one another, particularly in their traditional season-opening matchup.

Since the two Grant County rivals started the-first game series in 2013, twice the game ended in a 2-2 draw, and the other three entering Tuesday’s match on the Golden Eagles pitch were each decided by a one-goal difference.

That trend and another that’s seen the Panthers win the three games that haven’t ended in a draw continued as Sarah Foulk’s goal, just barely over five minutes after kickoff, helped Eastbrook take the narrow, 1-0 win.

For most of 80 minutes, Oak Hill did well to limit good opportunities from Eastbrook’s high scoring trio of Foulk, Natalie Danals and Natalie Lakanen, but the Panthers were able maintain possession in the Eagles end of the field for a majority of the first half.

But Foulk took a pass from Lakanen in the center of the pitch just outside the 18-yard line, then worked her way into enough space to fire a high shot that found a corner of the net staking Eastbrook to the 1-0 lead 5:04 after kickoff.

“I think it was more of a wake-up call. On our white board before the game we said what are the three people you’ve got to watch out for and we had had numbers listed and we had her number listed,” said Oak Hill coach Katie Durrwachter of Foulk’s quick goal. “And they didn’t do anything to her and she scored. And they go, ‘Oh, that’s the one.

“It’s okay. We’re working on it, and we’re trying to recognize its our first game since October … were working on it and were getting there,” she continued. “The good news, you look at the first minute to the last minute and you see a big difference. That’s what we want to see.”

And for the rest of the contest, the match was played evenly on the scoreboard. However, Eastbrook’s defense and ability to possess the ball kept Oak Hill without a shot in the first half and just one for the game, a Carlee Biddle direct kick early in the second 40 minutes.

“I think our defense was incredibly solid,” said first year Panther coach Jamie Hallis. “They did a really good job. (Oak Hill has) got some really good players and we did a really good job of containing them. We knew coming in that they have a very strong defense and they have a lot in the middle so our goal was to go out or go back, and I feel like for the most part we did that.”

The Panthers peppered Oak Hill goalie Andrea Wilk with 13 shots, and the senior was up to the task with all but Foulk’s laser, turning away eight shots and keeping the Golden Eagles in the game. She also spent the entire contest directing some of her inexperienced teammates on how to defend against the Panthers.

“She is always very vocal back there which is what we need and what we encourage,” Durrwachter said of Wilk. “They set goals at the beginning of the year then we pick one of them each week to really focus on and the goal this week was to really be patient. We’ve got girls on Eastbrook who are great, but our defense, they were working hard to try to stay low, focus on their footwork and focus on their fundamentals and you see that back there with Andrea as well.”

Oak Hill returns to the pitch to host Kokomo at 6 p.m. today.

Eastbrook will travel to Delta on Thursday then will go to Marion at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

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