|Lady Jeffcats even mark at .500|
|Wednesday, September 18, 2013 12:41 AM|
By JIM METCALFE
ADA — Behind the hat trick of sophomore striker Logan Hamilton, Jefferson moved its girls soccer record back to .500 with a 6-2 Northwest Conference triumph over Ada Monday evening at War Memorial Park in Ada.
“We’re down to 14 players right now due to a couple of injuries but we keep getting better, we keep improving. We controlled the game for all but maybe 25 minutes,” Jefferson coach Josiah Stober said. “With only having three subs now, we’ve had to put girls in different positions than maybe they are used to but in the end, it might help us. We’ve had to become more all-around players that can play several spots; that helps versatility and we can mix and match more with our lineups.”
Ada coach Marty Clum has a few more players — 23 players — but 10 of them are freshmen and three are sophomores.
“We’re growing each game but for many of these girls, we’re still making that adjustment from rec ball to varsity,” he explained. “It’s a slow process but I see development every day from this group. We have good senior leadership and good athleticism; we just have to keep working at it. Right now, it’s more of a mental thing to get through that barrier of playing for 80 minutes; we have enough depth to rotate people in. I have no doubt it will happen.”
The Bulldogs (0-9, 0-3 NWC) had the first shot on-goal at the 31:10 mark when freshman Sydney Slaton tried but Jefferson junior keeper Kayleigh O’Conner (5 saves vs. 8 shots on-goal) got the early stop.
The Wildcats (4-4-1, 2-0-0 NWC) got their first effort at 24:25 when junior Kylee Haehn got free in close but Ada freshman keeper Rielyn Castle (13 saves versus 22 shots on-goal) worked hard to get the save.
However, at 23:37, Jefferson went up 1-0. Haehn got a great 1-on-1 look from the left wing but Castle deflected the 14-yarder; however, freshman Arianna Knebel was Johnny-on-the-spot, putting the ricochet back from in front and the keeper couldn’t quite control the orb.
Haehn nearly made it 2-0 at 22:53 when she got another good shot from in front but her pooched shot but eight yards hit the crossbar and Castle eventually got the stop.
With 20:33 on the scoreboard, Hamilton got control on the right wing inside the 18-yard box and fired her 16-yarder high and into the net for a 2-0 lead.
The Red and White went up 3-0 at 19:24 when freshman Kiya Wollenhaupt got control from 16 yards and fired it into the twine from the right post.
The hosts got their second shot on-goal at 18:00 when senior Annabel Pinkney tried from the right wing but O’Conner got the save.
At 13:31, Haehn fired a 12-yarder from the left wing that just went over the top of the bar.
Castle got a diving stop at 7:06 of an 18-yarder by Knebel.
Haehn nearly curled in a corner kick from the left side at 4:00 but an Ada defender deflected the orb out of bounds.
Neither side could score again until the Wildcats made it 4-0 at 33:47 of the second half as Hamilton took a nice left to right pass from junior Bailey Miller and deposited the 8-yarder from the middle to the left side.
The guests made it 5-0 at 27:16 when junior Kylee Haehn — off a feed from Hamilton — lasered a shot from the top of the box from the middle to the left side when Pinkney couldn’t hold onto the ball.
Castle made several strong saves to keep the Wildcats off the board and on the other end, Ada finally broke through at 19:23. Pinkney made a run from midfield to the top of the circle and went high side into the net for a 5-1 edge.
The Bulldogs made it 5-2 at 16:31 when the Wildcat defenders failed to clear the ball and Pinkney got possession on the right post and fired an 18-yarder to the left side.
Ada almost made it a 2-goal match at the 15:20 mark from Pinkney booted a 25-yard free kick from the left side that nearly bounced over O’Conner and into the net but the junior made a leaping deflected.
O’Conner made another big save at 12:00 when Slaton got behind the defense and had a 1-on-1 effort but the keeper deflected the try from 18 yards.
Ada had a goal by Slaton disallowed at 11:14 due to a foul.
The Red and White seemed to re-establish control after that and tacked on the final tally of the evening at 5:50. Haehn set this one up with a lead pass to Hamilton, who then finished her hat trick with a 12-yarder from the right wing to the left side for the final margin.
“When Ada scored their goals and had some good tries, we were stuck in a different rotation than we were used to and they took advantage,” Stober added. “They had a flurry but we also didn’t lose our composure, which we easily could have done. We got it back and scored a late goal. Kayleigh played very well in goal; this is her first year of playing that spot and she gets better each time out. She’s come a long way from the start of the season until now and has a long way to go as far as figuring all the nuances of the position but we trust her back there.”
Ada had more corner kicks — 11 — than the visitors (5).
“If we’d only have played all 80 minutes life we did in that 10 minutes or so of the second half, things definitely would have ended up differently,” Clum added. “What I took out of that is we showed what we can do when we work well together. It just tells me what we are capable of doing — we need to see more of it on a consistent basis. As we gain more experience as individuals and as a team, working together, I think we will see more if it.”
Ada hosts Cory-Rawson 5 p.m. today.
Jefferson visits Continental 10 a.m. Saturday.