Girls Soccer Uses Quick Start To Top Braves

Posted on September 14, 2017 in Fall Sports, Girl's Soccer

BY SCOTT HUNT – shunt@chronicle-tribune.com
Oak Hill stormed out to a 3-0 lead within the opening seven minutes of Wednesday’s girls’ soccer match and was in control from there, posting a 6-0 victory over Maconaquah.
Golden Eagles head coach Katie Durrwachter said the team moved the ball well and got multiple players into attacking positions with good chances to score.
“The girls played very well,” Durrwachter said. “Maconaquah hustles, has some good fight in them and put pressure on us.
“It was exciting to see that we didn’t just have one person scoring the goals tonight, highlighting the fact that we have a lot of girls that are offensive threats. As a team, that is something that helps us.”
It would not take long for the Golden Eagles to take the lead as Carlee Biddle picked the pocket of a Maconaquah defender and slotted a low shot past Ani Weitzel in goal.
Barely 30 seconds of match time later, the lead was doubled in slightly unfortunate circumstances.
A free kick just after the restart 40 yards from goal was taken by Olivia Smith, who attempted to hit the ball over the Braves defense but instead hit a rolling effort towards goal.
Weitzel went to kick instead of collect the ball and missed, watching as the ball slowly rolled into the goal.
Tegan Phillips made it 3-0 two minutes later with a lob over Weitzel in goal, giving Oak Hill plenty of cushion to work with barely seven minutes into the match.
Durrwachter said the goals were a result of the team exploiting space in the hosts’ defense through good ball movement and spacing.
“We tried to pull a few of the girls aside to draw the triangle for them that (Maconaquah) was creating in the back,” Durrwachter noted. “We wanted to show them where the dangerous pockets were.
“The girls went out, worked with each other and utilized the space that was given to them. Maconaquah did shift pretty well to cover but our girls did a good job of filling the empty space when that happened.”
Similar to Biddle, Rylea Royer picked the pocked of a defender and pushed into the penalty area, hitting a shot that took a deflection off of Maconaquah sweeper Mcale Nethercutt, leaving Weitzel wrong-footed in goal as the ball snuck inside the right-hand post.
Five minutes later it was a 5-0 lead for Oak Hill thanks to Biddle.
Haleigh DeGrow sent in a cross that bounced off the angle of the goal frame with Biddle quickest to react, chasing down the loose ball and slotting in for her second goal of the contest.
Gardner continued to plow a lone furrow up front for the hosts, sending one shot narrowly over the bar and hitting a cross into a dangerous area that no teammate was able to reach in the final moments of the half.
Phillips and Biddle both came close to opening the scoring in the second half, the former flicking a corner wide while the later hit straight at Emily Collins in goal.
Royer would add the final goal 10 minutes into the half, hitting a cross-shot that left Collins stranded as it flew into the back of the net.
The Oak Hill senior nearly added another goal to complete her hat trick but slashed a shot wide just minutes later.
Other changes throughout the half followed as several Oak Hill reserves got plenty of time on the field, an opportunity Durrwachter enjoyed giving them.
“We kept trying to work on finding the open space and filling during the second half, working on moving there on-and-off the ball,” Durrwachter said. “With a cushion, it gave us the opportunity to play girls in new places and work on different aspects of their game.
“We also got girls that maybe don’t get as much game time a chance to get out there because we see in practice every day how much they improve. When you have opportunities to let them show that off, we like to do that.”
The defense in front of both Andrea Wilk and Sarah Tucci, comprised primarily of Elizabeth McDivitt, Lizzie Wood and Colbie Furnish, kept things tight at the back and rarely gave the Braves any good look at goal, even though the final moments of the match.

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