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Girls Junior Varsity Soccer, Girls Varsity Soccer · Girls Varsity Soccer Defeated Monroe 1-0

The ladies took ten minutes to warm-up into the match, but we were able to establish an early rhythm in the match through exploiting wide areas away from Monroe’s central players.  Our outside midfielders and outside backs provided the necessary width for us to find areas in which to move forward and link in with the destructive runs of our forwards.  Olivia Nowak and Madison Tedora as outside midfielders were consistently finding themselves on the receiving end of many passes while outside backs Allison O’Leary and Raquel Champion did a nice job of transitioning play out of the back third of the field and into the middle third of the field.

We were surprised at time how little pressure Monroe was willing to put on us while we were in possession.  Therefore, our back line was able to dictate the control and flow of the match with recycling the ball through our back line and finding opportunities to play the ball into dangerous central areas.

Our efforts and long periods of possession were rewarded in the first half with a goal from Olivia Nowak who scored on an unassisted goal as the result of capitalizing on a ball bouncing through the penalty area after a corner kick.

In the second half, we put ourselves in a position to score goals, being awarded a penalty kick after a Monroe handball in the penalty area and then finding two opportunities with an open net.  Both chances, however, we were unable to convert on.

Jordan Kreger, as our goalkeeper, was relatively untested, but made the necessary shot stops when needed, finishing the night with a six saves.

Having our ladies perform this well against a cross-division opponent has put optimism within our roster that the progress we are seeing on the training field is translating to the match pitch.  This win takes our SEC record to 1-1 and our over-all record to 2-3.