By Christine Fleer
ST. LOUIS, MO – The Varsity Soccer Panthers prevailed on Wednesday over Lutheran High School of St. Peter’s, winning 2-0. “The first twenty minutes of the game were very good. They were the best we’ve played all year,” said Head Coach Travis Brantingham. “My expectation is that if we can string along that twenty minutes for eighty minutes, then we’ll be very competitive the rest of the season. It was a really good breakout game for us.”
The first point was put away by Taylor Clouse who started on the right. She drove down the right side, beating three players before cutting it back and going to goal, taking a hard shot with her right foot. It was very much an individual effort with her team backing her up.
Justine Roy got the ball from Tanya Marquardt off of a 1-2, took a touch, and passed it to the left post with the inside of her foot. Tanya had the assist and was the play maker in the game. She was getting on every ball that came into her space, or she was receiving it. She had an excellent attacking game.
“I feel like we played a lot better. And we were connecting passes a lot better and it was just more fun,” Justine said of her teams’ effort today. “I’m proud of Sarah DeNicholas for just running through and being really aggressive. Also, I’m proud of Tanya Marquardt because we were working really well up top together.”
Both outside backs, Claire Horton and Courtney Woodley, were getting forward throughout both halves. There were overlapping and getting the balls to the attackers and putting crosses in, and created opportunities from the defensive end.
Taylor Clouse had the 3 shots on goal pitching in from the right side. Rachel Bemis also had 3 shots from the middle of the field. Rachel and Emilie Fredrikson played center and they were the glue on the field, winning a lot of balls and doing a good job of redistributing.
Rachel Bemis commented, “We played as a team and we played so collectively on both sides of the ball. That’s what really what helped our success this game. Justine stood out to me [today]. She played so aggressive up top. That’s what got out offense going.”
Yulia Marquardt played 60 minutes in goal and had 3 saves. Kara Johnson played the last 20 minutes and she picked up several balls that trickled through defense, but none of them were shots. Yulia was credited with the shutout.
Becca DeNicholas and Summer Switzer, the team’s senior captains, both played centerback, directing a lot of the play and the shape of the field. Coach Sonja Jacobson said, “They both did a very nice job as captains and as centerbacks just keeping the team’s morale and spirits up. They kept the team working towards their goal.”
Summer Switzer commented about her personal goal for this season, “To make sure that I give it my all. No matter what sport you’re in, you have you give your best effort, and I hope to do that by just going out there and glorifying God. Our whole team did that today. I’m really grateful for the win. We won within as well.”
So what’s the plan for the upcoming competition with John Burroughs? “Just continue doing what we’re doing,” said Brantingham. “There shouldn’t be a big change of game plan. It’s just playing tight and compact as a team.”
Varsity will travel to John Burroughs tomorrow, Friday, April 22, 2011, for a 4:15PM start. JV will host Burroughs at home at 4:15PM.