NEWARK – On Saturday the Logan girls’ soccer team lost 5-1 in an away game at Newark.
In the first half the Lady Chiefs were very much in the game and had two excellent scoring opportunities early on in the match, both on counter-attack through balls played to Senior Brooklin Harris. Harris was able get behind Newark’s back line resulting in a one-on-one with Newark’s goal keeper who both times came out and made excellent diving saves.
Newark responded at the 22-minute mark with a counter-attack goal and one minute later the Lady Chiefs answered back with another through ball from Mollie Lands finding Harris alone in the 18 with the Newark goalie unable to come out and block. Brooklin Harris placed the ball into the lower left side net, scoring for the Lady Chiefs and making the match a 1-1 game.
With 9:24 remaining senior defender Emilee Kessler made an excellent steal at the top of the box, however, the referee found it to be a foul. Newark was granted a free kick just outside the 18 and scored on a shot placed in the left upper corner in which there was nothing sophomore Kati Straus could do. The first half ended 2-1 with both teams having opportunities and playing well.
In the second half the Lady Chiefs gradually faded to fatigue and Newark was able to take more control of the game, scoring three more goals throughout the half at the 32, 14 and 7-minute marks.
The Lady Chiefs tried to fight back, playing tough defense and connecting sporadic counter attacks, but Newark’s goalie was very good at coming out to the top of the box, just beating Logan to the ball.
Late in the game junior midfielder Kendyl Glenn had a strong outside shot to the upper left corner, but the Newark goalie made another excellent save.
Final score was a 5–1 loss for the Lady Chiefs. Throughout the match sophomore goalie Kati Straus had 15 saves, and three of Newark’s goals were of the high overhead variety from outside the 18.
“We are very proud of how our Lady Chiefs battled this week, playing three intense soccer matches on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday,” Coach Greg Rimkus said. “They put in five excellent halves this week against strong teams, having two come-from-behind ties. Today we ran out of gas against a fresh, more rested team who did not have a game on Thursday and won easily on Tuesday 8-0. We know we could have had a better second half today if we were fresh and rested, but that is just how it is with our difficult schedule. Maybe next year we can space out some of these tough games with more rest in between!”