Lady Musketeers out-gun Lancers
Friday, August 22, 2014 12:00 AM
By Jim Cox
Lady Lancer senior Hannah McCleery battles against Fort Jennings’ Hailey Young during girls soccer action at Lincolnview on Thursday evening. The Musketeers doubled-up the Lancers, 6-3. McCleery scored twice for Lincolnview. (DHI Media/Tina Eley)
DHI Media Correspondent
MIDDLE POINT — The Fort Jennings experience, speed, and ball-handling proved to be too much for a young Lincolnview girls soccer team Thursday, the Musketeers prevailing 6-3 in an entertaining matchup. Fort Jennings is now 1-1, Lincolnview 0-1-1.
“They started seven seniors, and we don’t even have seven upperclassmen,” said Lancer coach Mark McCleery. “I was happy with the way we played. Fort Jennings has always clobbered us. I don’t think we’ve ever scored a goal against them. At certain points in the game, we were in it. The longer we play, the more our younger kids will get better. We’ll be a tough ball club by the end of the year.”
The Muskies have seven seniors and nine juniors on their roster, the Lancers only three seniors and three juniors. However, it was sophomore Erin Eickholt who got things started for the visitors. With the game only a minute old, she looped a ten-yard header over the top of senior goalkeeper Julia Thatcher, who had come forward in an unsuccessful attempt to beat Eickholt to the loose ball.
Thatcher made a great head-long diving save at the 36:30 mark, but at 21:59 Jennings upped the margin to 2-0 when junior Brandi Kaskel took a ricochet off the cross bar and knocked it in from ten yards out. While the Musketeers were blasting a slew of shots at Thatcher, the ball seldom made it to the other end of the pitch, but when it finally did, senior midfielder Hannah McCleery converted some nifty footwork into a ten-yard goal to draw the Lancers within 2-1.
Unfortunately for the home team, with only nine seconds left in the half, the speedy Eickholt out-quicked her defender and pounded one in from point-blank range to make it 3-1 at the break.
Early in the second half, Hannah McCleery again made things interesting. She blasted a long one from 30 yards out that sailed just high enough to go off the fingertips of leaping senior goalie Erin Osting, trickling into the net to make it 3-2, Jennings, with 35:46 left in the game.
Again, the Musketeers had a quick answer. Kaskel deked her defender and knocked one in from point blank range at 35:12. Fort Jennings added goals at 25:30 (junior Jordan Horstman) and 16:25 (senior Alyssa Louth) to remove any doubt at 6-2.
Thatcher, who moved from goal to midfield late in the first half, fielded a free kick and blasted a 15-yarder off Osting’s fingertips at the 12:05 mark to end the scoring.
Fort Jennings had 38 shots, 22 on goal, in the game. Thatcher and her replacement in goal, freshman Maddie Gorman, combined for 14 saves, nine by Thatcher and five by Gorman. At the other end of the pitch, Lincolnview had only ten shots, of which five were on goal. Osting had only two saves.