NEWARK – On Saturday, Logan’s women’s soccer team lost 5-1 in an away game in Newark.
In the first half, the Lady Chiefs were very present and had two excellent scoring opportunities early in the game, both on the counterattack through balls played to Senior Brooklin Harris. Harris managed to get behind Newark’s backline which resulted in a one-on-one with the Newark goaltender who came out every time and made excellent diving saves.
Newark responded to the 22 minute mark with a counterattack goal and a minute later the Lady Chiefs responded with another deep ball from Mollie Lands finding Harris alone in the 18 with the Newark keeper unable to come out. and block. Brooklin Harris placed the ball in the lower left net, scoring for the Lady Chiefs and making the game a 1-1 game.
With 9:24 remaining, senior defender Emilee Kessler had an excellent flight from the top of the box, however, the referee found it to be a foul. Newark got a free kick just outside the 18th and scored from a shot placed in the upper left corner in which Kati Straus was unable to do anything. The first half ended 2-1, with both teams having opportunities and playing well.
During the second half, the Lady Chiefs gradually exhausted and Newark was able to gain more control over the game, scoring three more goals throughout the half at 32, 14 and 7 minutes.
The Lady Chiefs tried to strike back, playing solid defense and stringing together sporadic counterattacks, but the Newark goalie was very good at coming out high on the box, simply beating Logan on the ball.
Late in the game, junior midfielder Kendyl Glenn landed a powerful outside shot in the upper left corner, but the Newark goalkeeper made another great save.
The final score was a 5-1 loss for the Lady Chiefs. Throughout the game, second-year goaltender Kati Straus made 15 saves, and three of Newark’s goals were of the high aerial variety from away from the 18s.
“We are very proud of how our Lady Chiefs have fought this week, playing three intense football games on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday,” said coach Greg Rimkus. “They have had five great halves this week against strong teams, having two draws from behind. Today we ran out of gas against a fresher, more rested team that didn’t play on Thursday and easily won 8-0 on Tuesday. We know we could have had a better second half today if we were fresh and rested, but that’s how it is with our tough schedule. Maybe next year we can space out some of those tough games with more rest in between! “