VINCENNES — The Washington Catholic Lady Cardinals soccer team fell to Vincennes Lincoln 5-2 on Wednesday. In a hard-fought game, the Alices were able to string together enough fastbreak runs to keep the Cardinals at bay.
Washington Catholic opened the game aggressively as they searched for weaknesses in the Lincoln defensive line. Each attack made was repelled by the Lincoln defense and goal keeper. The Lady Cardinals demonstrated a balanced attack as shots came from juniors Claire Fox, Ellie Rutledal, Ally Cline and freshman Mya Cline.
As the aggressive play by the Cardinals continued, there would be no pay off yet. The Alices were the first on the scoreboard as a ricochet shot off of senior keeper Adeline O’Brian found its way into the front of the Cardinal net to be knocked in and set the score at 1-0. About 10 minutes later, at the 21:00-minute mark, Vincennes capitalized on another strong fastbreak run that resulted in a score and an Alice lead of 2-0. The first half Lincoln offensive attack would finish at the 7-minute mark when an Alice corner kick deflected off of several defenders and attackers and trickled into the net.
Washington Catholic was ready to get on the board as they turned up the intensity and pushed the play up to their offensive third of the field. At the 5:15 mark, Rutledal juked through the Lincoln defense to connect on a 20-yard strike that narrowed the margin to 3-1. A few minutes later, Fox carried the ball down the left side of the field and placed a pass to the middle of the PK area for Mya Cline to knock in, trimming the deficit to 3-2 as the halftime buzzer sounded.
“Before the game started, we talked about going out and controlling the pace of play,” WC coach Austin Deem said. “We wanted to establish early that we were going to control the ball and play how we wanted. Early on I think we did that; a large part of the game was spent camped out in front of Lincoln’s goal. Credit goes to Lincoln and their front line, they made fast runs to get behind our defense and made us pay.”
The beginning of second half action showed both teams ready to take over. Play ping-ponged from offensive to defensive ends for both teams as no one could find the back of the net. Eventually, at the 20-minute mark of the second half, Vincennes again struck off of a through ball to the 18-yard line. The final goal of the night came with seven minutes to go as a cross from a corner kick stalled in front of the net and was finished by a Lincoln midfielder.
“Our coaching staff is proud of the way the girls fought tonight,” Deem said. “We had a game last night that we were hurting from a bit, and we were missing a couple of players as well. That’s not to take anything away from Vincennes, but we were fatigued and undermanned. I thought that in the absence of some of our players, Maggie Lee, Molly Brown and Maritza Villagran all stepped up and played big minutes. The experience they are getting as freshmen is going to be hugely beneficial moving forward.”
Washington Catholic is off until next Thursday when they face Vincennes Rivet.