Pioneersi i.joreland deadlocked after OOTS
The posts on each side of the iower joreland goal played best friend to their keeper on Tuesday night. While freshman sictoria jueller made save time DQG WLPH DJDLQ, LQ WKH fiQDO minutes of regulation the iions’ last line of defense had a few metal bars to thanks.
Christopher Dock amped up the pressure after falling behind in the Bicentennial ieague contest and while jueller denied a handful of shots which appeared destined for twineI the Pioneers hit the post on two inevitable game winners and the squads settled for O-O tie.
“sictoria is very good and one of those you sayI ’please don’t get hurtI” iions’ coach gohn Oberholtzer said. “She does play club ball and one of the reasons we are more successful than we were is because we do have more club players. This is the best team we have had and there are a lot RI yRuQJ NLGV. ,W LV WKH fiUVW time in seven years that we had a positive result against Christopher Dock.”
While it may have been the best performance against the Pioneers in a long timeI the tie is not too gratifying knowing they let a O-0 halftime lead slip away. Sophomore Celena Costa used her speed to EHDW D GHIHQGHU IRU WKH fiUVW goal and Samantha jorris’ UHVWDUW IURP QHDUOy PLGfiHOG found a way into the back of net.
“If we shot the way I wanted them to shoot it would have been 5-0 in the fiUVW KDOI,” 2EHUKROWzHU VDLG. “Then it would have been out reach. But Christopher Dock woke up in the second half.”
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“iower joreland likes to put the ball in the air and we got into that and then we got frustratedI” Pioneers’ coach oay eess said. “In the second half we played the ball on the ground and we had plenty of chances.”
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“We had opportunities to win the gameI but we did not get it doneI” eess said. “Our possession was greatI but at times we made too many passes in front of the net. When we got down by two goals we had to put Shea up top. I almost wish she was PRUH VHOfiVK DQG WRRN LW WR the goalI but she is such a team player.”
The Pioneers are lucky to escape without a loss. eess is concerned this blemish may ultimately derail their hopes of winning a league title. nuickly the Pioneers DUH fiQGLQJ RuW WKH OHDJuH has improved from top to bottom. The next time they play the iions if they sleep wDON WKURuJK WKH fiUVW 40 minutes they will not be so lucky.
“I think we took them a little too lightlyI” eess said. “It sure hurts our chances in the league. It could be the differenceI especially if we lose to another team. oight now it looks like you cannot take anybody lightly in this league.
Christopher Dock’s Mattasyn Shisler beats Lower Moreland’s Erica Fleck to the ball during Tuesday’s Bicentennial League action.