If it hadn’t been for a monsoon in Bowling Green on Wednesday night, the Bobcats might have had a better chance of taking advantage of the scoring opportunities in a women’s soccer game.
Just like in football, where it pays to have a game on the ground in bad weather, in football it pays to have a team that plays possession well.
Southview passed the ball well during a rainstorm, and it paid off for the Cougars who won a 2-0 victory in the Northern Lakes League.
The only thing that could have made matters worse was if the game was played on grass instead of BG’s new artificial turf. Either way, BG managed to attack, but not to score.
âIf it was a dry day, we would finish all of those chances and we wouldn’t give them straight to the goalkeeper,â said BG coach Erika Kimple.
The Cougars improve to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the NLL, while BG drops to 4-4 and 1-3.
In the first half, Southview led the Bobcats by a margin of just 9-8. BG junior forward Sydney Mass and first-year forward Ella Koester each had two shots on goal.
Southview also had a high percentage of scoring opportunities, but the teams played in a scoreless tie after one half. Kimple said his team only needed one to bounce back on his team’s path.
“So the thing on a day like this is tough for everyone, so I told the girls before the game, that in a game like this, it’s a game of luck, so you have to give it a chance to be lucky, âKimple said. .
In the second half, BG’s luck was cut short. The Cougars outscored the Bobcats, 10-3, and it ultimately paid off for Southview.
Southview second-year defenseman Maddie Thompson landed a 30-yard shot over the header of BG senior goaltender Carrina Wiseman-Esparza and under the crossbar for the game’s first goal with 28:07 to to play.
The Cougars scored their second goal from a free kick, their seventh corner kick of the game.
Paige Brown once scored the corner kick going straight off a rebound and straight into the net, giving the Cougars an insurance goal with 9:50 to go.
Maas had a chance to get the Bobcats on the board 11 minutes into the second half, but his wide-open 15-yard shot sailed just over the top crossbar.
Maas finished with 10 interceptions and six shots, including three on goal that were saved by Southview junior goaltender Bethany Creighton, who finished with 10 saves and one shutout.
For BG, Wiseman-Esparza made 15 saves and two Southview shots ricocheted off the crossbar, including one from junior midfielder Paige Brown who almost made his way into the net in the first half.
Southview coach Majd Ali said his team’s possession play was intentional.
Brown, Thompson, first-year midfielder Rylee Shinaver and junior defender Bella Brighty were effective in playing BG’s distance in midfield, which reduced the Bobcats’ scoring chances.
The Cougars continued their possession game in the second half, but pushed forward to score both goals.
âIt’s just practice, honestly, and the chemistry grows with this team,â Ali said. âIt’s a young team – zero senior in this team.
âThey are very young, very supportive of each other and they just stayed calm in the second half. The first half was just a little bit of trying to get used to the terrain, to try to get used to the weather. The second half, they played much better, âcontinued Ali.
Kimple loved the fight she saw in her daughters.
âThey are definitely more of a possession team than us which is great. There is nothing wrong with that, âKmple said. âBut we had the best effort, aggressiveness and desire. I think we got away with it. They had some good chances up front, but I think even being led by two we never gave up and we never stopped fighting no matter what.