BY JIM METCALFE
DHI Media Sports Editor
DELPHOS — Coldwater’s girls soccer crew had two matches postponed last week due to weather, so the Lady Cavaliers were looking forward to their inaugural Western Ohio Soccer League matchup versus St. John’s at the St. John’s Annex.
Even that was threatened as lightning and thunder forced a 1- hour, 45-minute delay.
When the match finally began, the Cavaliers won 2-0.
“I don’t know if it was the delay or the fact that it was the second day of school but we just didn’t have the intensity I expected today,” first-year St. John’s coach Katrina Hammons explained. “I just expected more today. I think we defended pretty well overall but they have a solid front line, especially with No. 1 (Maura Hoying) and 12 (Erica Sudhoff); if you give them an inch, they take a mile. They are a tough matchup, especially because they are so much deeper.”
For Coldwater coach Scott Brinkman, it was a relief to finally get a match in.
“We had the two matches we didn’t have and it didn’t look promising tonight. We’ve had a couple of key injuries early — Holly Rindler (a senior) is done for the season with an ACL injury and our starting keeper, Alanna Severt, broke her collarbone,” he explained. “Because of some other things, this was the first time we’ve had these 11 girls together and I was a bit nervous. We played very well and I was pleased with that.”
Coldwater — with 34 players on the roster — owned the ball possession, registering 16 shots on-goal to a mere five for the Lady Blue Jays (0-1-1).
Still, the young and thinner Jays — 18 players — held on behind the solid play of senior goalkeeper Sam Wehri (12 saves, several of the diving and scrambling variety) — returning from a pre-season injury.
The Jays did have six corner kicks to two for the guests.