After defeating Aurora 2-1 in their first match of the season the Schuyler Central High School Lady Warriors soccer team found scoring goals a tough task at best. The Lady Warriors dropped three matches this last week and were outscored 20-1 during the skid.
On Monday SCHS dropped a conference home match to York by a score of 3-1 then they were blitzed at Lakeview 10-0 on Tuesday before falling to Bennington at home on Thursday by a score of 7-0. With the three defeats the Lady Warriors dropped to 1-5 on the season.
Against the Lady Dukes from York the Lady Warriors saw the visitors score two goals in the first 4:20 of the match to stun the host squad. Knowing that she needed to do something to stem the York offensive attack, SCHS head coach Clarissa Dunn made some changes to her lineup. “We were missing two very important defensive starters due to ineligibility so that played a huge part of what happened in the first few minutes. I knew that we had to make some changes. I ended up having to take Haylee Korth and Esmerelda Lara and placing them on defense which helped greatly as York did not score again until the 36th minute. Of course, taking them out of the offense then hurt us there,” Dunn said.
York’s third goal near the end of the first half was their final score of the match as the half ended with the visitors ahead 3-0.
Schuyler didn’t back down in the second half. Cony De La Cruz’s goal, coming on an assist by Veronica Ardon, brought the Lady Warriors to within 3-1 in the 70th minute but SCHS wasn’t able to find the net again against the York defense.
Coach Dunn was especially pleased by the effort of some of her individual players. She said, “Reagan Folda did a good job of trying to work the middle offensively and push the ball up field but we still struggled with communication and spacing on offense. Our strikers Cony De La Cruz and Lesslie Romo are very young right now and the more experience they get the better they will do. As the season continues, I can only believe their skills will increase.”
Columbus Lakeview evened their record at 2-2 as they controlled the match against the Lady Warriors from the get go and exploded to a 10-0 victory.
For the first ten minutes of the match it appeared as if the Lady Warriors were going to be able to stay with the Lady Vikings but that all changed in the span of the next thirty minutes. Lakeview scored goals in the 11th, 15th, 20th, 29th, 32nd, and 40th minute to take a 6-0 advantage in to the halftime break.
Coach Dunn said of Lakeview, “They appeared to be just bigger, faster, and stronger than us.”
Lakeview scored four more goals in the second half in the 48th, 54th, 55th, and 62nd minutes to close out their lopsided victory. The Lady Vikings had two ladies, Gabby Limbaugh and Gracie Borer score hat tricks with three goals each. Also scoring for Lakeview were Emily Vancleave with two goals, and Morgan Bignell and Makenna Klug with one goal each.
Coach Dunn commented on her team’s effort. “We only had four shots on goal in the match. We were still missing two of our starting defenders. I thought our goalkeeper Bethany Black did a good job making ten saves.”
Bennington took a cue from York earlier in the week and scored a goal against the Lady Warriors less than 90 seconds into their match to set the pace for a Lady Badger romp.
Bennington scored four first half goals in the 2nd, 15th, 24th, and 25th minutes to open up a 4-0 first half bulge while the Lady Warriors continued to search for some sort of an offensive spark. Schuyler only had four shots on goal in the match. Haley Korth, Lesslie Romo, Cendy Chavez, and Veronica Ardon were each credited with one shots attempt.
Despite the loss, Coach Dunn saw improvement from her squad, “The girls did a better job of trying to move to the ball offensively but we were unable to score. We did, however, only have four shots on goal and we need to pick that up as well. We were still missing from key players due to ineligibility and now some illness so we were playing about four varsity athletes short.”
Coach Dunn was once again pleased with the play of her goalkeeper. “Bethany Black had fourteen saves even though they did score seven times,” she said.
Hoping to get her girls healthy and eligible again in the near future coach Dunn stated, “We know that we have a few things to work on for our future matches. Hopefully next week we will have everyone back and ready to play.”
The Lady Warriors square off against the Seward Bluejays in a road conference match on Thursday, April 5th.