Neither Vanier nor Peacock could get things going offensively as players collided into each other on the pitch, fighting for the ball. It wasn’t until the second half that both teams started to spread out and use their speed to create chances.
It was Kara Enns scored and helped the Tornadoes to a 1-0 victory over the Spirits in high school girls soccer on Thursday afternoon at Sunningdale Field.
These girls pulled together and played well together,” said Sandi Hutchinson, coach for the Tornadoes. “Kara Enns is a really strong player in the middle as a Grade 9.”
Jenna Coates had a couple good chances for the Spirits throughout the game, but just couldn’t get one past Peacock’s keeper. Paige Lister had a great chance in close, but she and Vanier’s keeper, Nathalie Monpetit collided together with Monpetit making the save and Lister limping up the field. Lister would collide a couple more times with Vanier’s defenders, each time staying down in pain before getting up and limping down the field.
Midway through the second half, Lister split Vanier’s defenders and was in alone, but shot the ball over the net. Shortly after that, Enns got through a couple defenders, but her shot went wide of the net.
Enns would get a shot past Monpetit after the ball was kicked up the field and only Enns could catch up to it, shooting just over a diving Monpetit.
“We went over the strategy we wanted to use in the game because you can’t be chasing people,” said Hutchinson about their half time talk. “We really stressed playing positions and passing…it is better to pass than just to try and sprint with the ball.”
Peacock only had 10 players and no substitutions throughout the game as one was sick, two are recovering from whiplash after a car accident and one player is gone for the season after getting injured in the team’s first game over the weekend.
Vanier had three substitutes on the bench, but many players also had to play long stretches at a time.
“Definitely, our communication was lacking,” said Amy Piche of the Spirits. “We weren’t relaxed with the ball and I think we were tired — no excuses, but having no subs was a big factor.”
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