|Kalida girls garner soccer triumph over Jefferson|
|Friday, September 13, 2013 12:40 AM|
By JIM METCALFE
FORT JENNINGS — Kalida’s girls soccer team improved its mark to 5-0-1 with a 3-0 defeat of host Jefferson Thursday afternoon/evening at Keith Hamel Memorial Field in Fort Jennings.
Though the LadyCats dominated the offense, outshooting the Lady Wildcats (36-6 (25-6 on-goal), the Red and White defense held up in front of junior goalkeeper Kayleigh O’Conner (15 saves), either preventing open shots or getting in the way of others.
“I’m extremely proud of how we held up against a very good Kalida team. We easily could have been blown out,” Jefferson coach Josiah Stober commented. “At one point, we had three freshmen playing defense and they played well against some good offensive players. To only be down 1-0 at the half was a big step for our program.”
For LadyCat mentor Dave Kehres, it seemed as if it should have been worse.
“It seemed like we hit the crossbar 10 times throughout the match,” he said. “We don’t get points for hitting the bar or kicking the ball right at the goalkeeper; that’s why it’s an 8 x 24-foot box to shoot at. She did make some good saves but we didn’t help ourselves.”
Kalida, minus three seniors and a freshman due to injury, got numerous chances for players such as junior Jackie Gardner and sophomore Brittany Kahle — who constantly attacked the Wildcat defense — but couldn’t find the mark throughout the contest.
One of the best efforts came at 9:50 when Kahle had a 16-yarder deflected by O’Conner but junior Makenna Vorst got the ricochet and just missed wide left from point-blank range.
Shortly after that — at 9:33 — the Maroon and White broke through. Gardner got possession of the ball on the left wing and blasted a 16-yarder high side and into the net for a 1-0 lead.
With 4:00 showing, Kalida senior Sarah Verhoff got a 1-on-1 chance with O’Conner but the keeper kicked the 14-yarder out of harm’s way.
Jefferson had a couple of chances in the first half: at 20:08 on a 25-yard direct kick by junior Kylee Haehn that hit the right post; and with 47 seconds showing, when sophomore Logan Hamilton had a good opening from 14 yards but Kalida sophomore keeper Laine Laudick (3 saves) kicked the ball away and finally got control.
The LadyCats continued to press forward and bedevil the Wildcat defense in the Second half, scoring just 58 ticks in. Off a corner kick from the right side, the lefty Gardner found Kahle on the doorstep of the right post and she headed the 5-yarder into the cords.
Jefferson (3-4-1) had a chance to score at 36:58 when Haehn had a 28-yarder direct kick but Laudick got the snare.
The visitors nearly went up 3-0 at 32:14 but Kahle’s 12-yarder hit the bar.
Jefferson junior Adrie Miller was injured at 27:11 and did not return.
At 15:12, Kahle’s 18-yarder hit off the bar and O’Conner got the save.
At 14:58, Kalida made it 3-0. Off a goal kick, Kahle got a steal outside the 18 box but O’Conner quickly came out to deflect a shot; however, she could not gain control, fell down on a collision and left a wide-open net for Gardner, whose 16-yarder found the mark.
O’Conner was also injured on the play but after a few minutes, was able to stay in the match.
Delphos had a couple of chances by Haehn: at 14:02, when a 24-yarder was stopped by Laudick; and at 10:31, when a 35-yarder just missed over the top.
Kalida made it 4-0 at 10:52 when Gardner got control on the right wing and with O’Conner trying to cut off the angle, her 16-yarder went the opposite side.
Jefferson avoided the shutout at 2:36 when Haehn, off a handball 35 yards out, launched a shot that hit the left post and ricocheted on for the final margin of victory.
“I like how we never quit in the second half. We kept trying to be aggressive and we had a couple more good shots the second half,” Stober added. “I’m proud of the effort we showed throughout the match. We keep getting better at all the little things and you’re seeing it each time out.”
Kalida hosts Cory-Rawson 1 p.m. Saturday.
“We have four girls out with injuries. We just found out yesterday that two of them, both seniors, will be out some time,” Kehres added. “That means we have to move some girls around to play different positions and that’s an adjustment. We’re down from 20 players to 16, so we don’t have the depth we’ve had in years past.”
Jefferson visits Ada 5 p.m. Monday.