|LadyCats secure 5th straight PCL soccer title|
|Wednesday, October 09, 2013 12:19 AM|
By DAVE BONINSEGNA
KALIDA — It was a great night for scoring goals on senior night at Kalida Soccer Stadium if your name was Makenna or McKenna.
(McKenna) Scott scored the lone goal for the Continental Lady Pirates and Makenna (Vorst) added the equalizer for the Kalida Wildcats as the match ended in a 1-1 tie.
That gave the LadyCats (12-0-2, 3-0-1) their fifth consecutive PCL title.
The Lady Wildcats soccer team is accustomed to goofy, quirky bounces ending with the ball squirting past their goalkeeper (see match versus LCC). On Tuesday night on Senior Night and in their PCL championship battle with the Lady Pirates (10-2-2, 2-0-2 PCL), it happened again, except this time in their favor.
With the Pirates up 1-0 and just 6:32 left in the match, Vorst sent a shot in from near midfield that bounced off the shoulder of Pirate keeper Emma Recker (5 saves versus 8 shots on-goal) and into the net to tie the match at 1-1.
That would be the way the contest ended, giving the LadyCats their PCL title.
Continental got the first goal of the contest with 10:03 left in the match when Paige Ordway got past the Wildcat defense and into the box; she found Scott, who punched it past Kalida goalie Sarah Verhoff (5 saves vs. 6 shots on-goal) to get the Pirates on the board.
The first 40 minutes were about as back and forth as one could ask with neither team able to get a real push on the other.
The first real scoring attempt came for the hosts when Vorst sent a delivery just wide of the goal.
The junior had a like attempt from short range with 12:11 to go in the half with the same results.
Continental got a late kick at the Kalida net by Ordway with 1:26 left before the break but Verhoff was there for the save.
The second 40 minutes seemed to be more in control by the guests as the ball ended up in their offensive end more often than not but the Kalida defense stood strong, keeping the Pirates at bay until the Scott goal.
However, it didn’t seem to take the fight out of the ‘Cats. Kalida continued to battle and as the old adage goes, if you keep shooting at the goal, the ball is bound to find its way in.
Vorst kicked what seemed to be a harmless shot towards the Pirate net from near midfield but a skip off the shoulder of Recker ricocheted in, giving new life to not only the hosts but to the match.
Both teams hung on defensively the rest of the way, ending a typical PCL contest in a tie.
Kalida visits Bath for a 7 p.m. start Thursday.