Girls Soccer Tops Peru

Posted on September 24, 2017 in Fall Sports, Girl's Soccer


PERU – Oak Hill needed a spark on a sweltering morning match and Peru obliged by scoring the opening goal of Saturday’s girls’ soccer match.
The Golden Eagles, who had been slightly lackluster in the opening 25 minutes, were shocked into life after trailing and responded with seven goals over the next 20 minutes of play in a convincing 8-2 win over the Tigers.
Oak Hill head coach Katie Durrwachter said the team was a little sluggish early but once they trailed, the girls got in gear and got the goals.
“The first 20 minutes the girls did some good things but didn’t string more than two passes together,” Durrwachter said. “It was a little frustrating and the girls started to show that frustration.
“Then there was a stretch where Peru outworked us, took advantage of an opportunity and that’s when they scored.
The goal got us going and we started using everybody. Once we started to use everyone on the field and string passes together, that’s when we started to look more like our normal selves,” Durrwachter added.
Oak Hill started the match well on top of Peru, crashing shots off the crossbar and post while having a third tipped onto the crossbar by goalkeeper Claire Boyer.
The hosts slowly made inroads into the match just after the midway point of the half and, after having some good possession, took a surprise lead in the match.
Elsie Walters ended up with the ball 25 yards from goal, sending in a lobbed shot that deceived Andrea Wilk in goal, giving the Tigers a 1-0 lead with just under 13 minutes of the half remaining.
The goal stirred the Golden Eagles into life according to Durrwachter after the team was at half-speed for much of the opening half.
“We came off the bus looking sleepy and we warmed up that way too,” Durrwachter noted. “Peru was outworking us in that part of the game and took advantage of that. The goal woke us up.”
Carlee Biddle took the kickoff after the goal straight into the Peru penalty area with Rylea Royer eventually sweeping in a shot to level the match at 1-1.
Less than three minutes later Oak Hill was in the lead after Olivia Smith let loose a shot that was allowed to bounce in front of Boyer, skipping off the pitch and past the goalkeeper to hand the visitors the lead.
More goals were to come as Biddle went on a solo run that was capped with a goal before turning provider to Royer a second time as the Golden Eagles went into halftime with a 4-1 lead.
Oak Hill shot out of the traps immediately to start the second half, forcing Boyer into an excellent low save before Biddle hit a bullet than kissed the underside of the crossbar and in for a 5-1 lead.
The Golden Eagles came straight back down the field and Biddle notched her hat trick with a sweeping finish for a 6-1 lead.
Thirty seconds later, Marissa Wilk beat Boyer with a drive, giving the visitors a 7-1 lead just over five minute into the second half, the trio of goals taking just 1:13 to score.
Durrwachter was happy to see the girls not rest on their lead and instead come out firing.
“It was exciting to see that we didn’t let up because the girls wanted more out of themselves,” Durrwachter said. “The way that they feel about themselves shows in the way they play out on the field.”
Oak Hill was allowed to insert reserves and change where players were stationed at, allowing Peru to come back into the match and creating a stalemate over the next 20 minutes with few chances going either direction.
The Tiger were able to add a second goal after Faylena Stout motored down the left wing and hit a strong shot into the top right corner of the goal.
The Golden Eagles would have the final say in the match with Andrea Wilk, now in the field, slotting in from close range seven minutes from time.
While the match was in hand, another encouraging item of note was happening on the bench as Durrwachter said several of the starters were surprised by the attentive play of their teammates.
“Some of our starters were on the bench and commented to me that the girls that don’t get to play as much as them do the same things that we’re asked to do,” Durrwachter pointed out. “They heard them talking, saw them working hard and moving the same way they were asked to over the past few weeks.”
Oak Hill closes the regular season Monday at Hamilton Heights, a new addition to the Golden Eagle schedule.
Durrwachter said the girls would be facing a stern test in the Huskies before using the rest of the week to prepare for sectional play with some challenging scenarios to work from.

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