The Madison County High School Mountaineers held the Dragons to nil in the second match-up of the season for the girls soccer teams on Thursday, April 25.
In a physical game where the Mountaineers kept offering the Dragons opportunities for free kicks with handballs and illegal hits, the William Monroe High School ladies could not convert the chances to goals in the 0-3 loss.
The Lady Dragons positioned themselves well in the first half—connecting passes and keeping the ball on the opponents’ field. Senior Olivia Binggeli was injured in a fall in the 12th minute of the first half, shaking up the Dragons’ playing.
Though Madison was first on the board in the 27th minute, Monroe ended the first half with seven shots on goal to the Mountaineers’ two.
“The girls never truly were right after Olivia went down,” said head coach Jeremy Lamm. “We just couldn’t find our rhythm and possessions like we wanted.”
Senior defenseman Stacey Calderon-Castillo agreed.
“At the beginning, we definitely played more frantic and were kind of just kicking it around. It gets like this every time we play Madison and I have no idea why because it’s not our style of play,” Calderon-Castillo said. “I think we definitely missed Olivia’s composure in the midfield and her ability to settle (the ball) and look for a quick pass. She usually talks a lot especially to us in the back line and I think we missed that communication, as well.”
The score going into half time was 0-1, Madison.
The Mountaineers came out of the halftime ready to play, scoring in the first 5 minutes. For most of the second half, Madison controlled the midfield, increasing the players’ abilities to take shots. At the 59th minute, the ball found the back of the net again for Madison, but it was the final time of the night.
“Towards the end of the second half we played with a lot more pace and purpose,” Calderon-Castillo said. “We were looking for those quick passes and got more shots off in the last few minutes than we had all game. We picked up our intensity in that second half, as well, but we’ve got to play like that from the beginning in every match.”
Lamm said the team found a second wind with about 15 minutes left in the game.
“I think the combination of Olivia’s injury and three over-time games in a row just took their toll,” he said.
At presstime, the Dragons were 5-2-2 on the season and 1-1-2 in the Northwestern District. The girls don’t play at home again until Monday, May 13 when they face Warren County High School Wildcats at 7 p.m.