Pioneers frustrate Faith Christian
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“One thing we always practice is getting through balls,” Kratz said. “Our team is really coming together. We have a lot of younger players, but the seniors are really helpful and we look up to them.”
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“We have a lot of young talent here,” Pioneers’ coach Ray Hess said. “I am going to play the best players and the girls play on club teams, so they aren’t raw. They have all the technical things down. We just need to put more physicality in their game. That’s where I come in. This is probably one of the most talented teams I
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“This season has been good for us because we are becoming better soccer players even though we are not winning,” Lions’ coach Jen Totaro said. “With the ACCAC, it was fun and no stress, but the girls did not get better. We look forward to the competitive games.”
Though the Pioneers’ senior Shea Neal did her best to shut down the Lions’ top target Rachel Shive, the senior continued to push through fatigue. Even when Shive would make one savvy move to elude a defender there would be two more Pioneers there to eliminate scoring chances.
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Shive barely missed netting a goal in the 15th minute as she watched her bender sail over the crossbar, but a testament to her determination she buried the Lions’ lone goal in the 20th minute. Goals have not come easy for the Lions in their fiUVW VHDVRn Ln WKH BAL, EuW Shive is leading by example and showing her younger teammates they can never give up.
“This is kind of a rude awakening to us because the ACCAC was easy,” Shive said. “But we will come out from this as better soccer players. I think over the next few years we will get a lot better.”
The Pioneers displayed their experience through the duration of the game and the chemistry was clear in their possession style. From club ball, to summer workouts, this team has worked hard to be playing at the current level. They expect nothing but big things to come over the next few months.
“I started soccer before school even started and that has been helpful for me,” the transfer Kratz said. “I knew some girls from club soccer and I am really happy to be here. On this team we do not see each other as freshmen and sophomores. We are just a team.”
Christopher Dock’s Sharon Curtis kicks the ball during Wednesday night’s action against Faith Christian.