Olivet has scoring touch Lions lack
Brett Bremer Sports Editor
Goals have been tough to come by lately for the Maple Valley varsity girls' soccer team.
Lion head coach Richard Seume said his girls had a chance to score four or five goals in a 1-0 win over Perry April 26. One goal was enough against the Ramblers on that evening, but the Lions haven't scored since then. Stockbridge scored four times in the second half to best the visiting Lions 4-0 Thursday.
Olivet scored an 8-0 win over the Maple Valley girls at Fuller Street Field in Nashville Monday evening.
“They played hard,” Seume said of his girls after the loss to the Eagles. “That (Olivet) team is going to challenge Lansing Christian this week. They're seniors, and they're experienced.”
Olivet had eight different girls score in the ballgame. Becka Pliley had a goal and four assists. Sam Maduri, Mary Hedrick, Kelsey Francisco, Betsie Williams, Marlee Masters, Emily LaSalle and Codee Harmison each scored for the Eagles.
Harmison, a freshman, scored her first varsity goal to end the game with 13 minutes and 16 seconds on the clock. The Lions were unable to clear an Eagle corner kick from in front of their net. A scrum ensued and eventually the ball found Harmison's feet in some space and she was able to knock it past Lion keeper Sydney Skelton.
Skelton, a freshman, is getting more comfortable in the net. The Eagle bench commented a few times that the game could have been over sooner had it not been for a few nice saves by Skelton, but she likely had a couple of balls she would have liked to have made better plays on as well.
The Eagles scored five of their goals in the action following a corner kick. The Eagles used their speed to get behind the Lion defense on a couple of occasions and converted one PK late in the first half.
Skelton did a nice job to get her hands on a one-on-one chance by the Eagles' Hedrick late in the second half, but couldn't quite deflect it all the way clear of the net.
“We've done a lot better on our through balls in our offense, we just haven't put the ball in the net. We haven't figured out that last little bit,” Seume said.
“Finding the back of the net has been our biggest challenge this year.”
The Lions were without four regular starters Monday, and Seume said his team often has a couple of freshmen up on the attack. There isn't any real goal-scoring experience on the Lions' roster. Emile Hoegstrom, an exchange-student, took the bulk of the Lions' shots a year ago.
“In the years to come, they'll benefit from the day's like today,” Seume said.
The Maple Valley girls were scheduled to visit Carson City-Crystal last night. They will be at Portland Friday and then host Comstock for Parent's Night at Fuller Street Field Tuesday.