|Wed, Dec 18, 2013 06:25 PM
|Issue of December 11, 2013
September 04, 2013 | 02:02 PM
Goals can be hard to come by at times in soccer.
There are matches played exclusively in the midfield with little advantage. Other times, shots are few for either side with stout back-lines not allowing pressure.
Thursday, in front of the home faithful, Corydon Central's issue with limited scoring wasn't for lack of trying. The Lady Panthers fired off several shot attempts, some near the goal, some off pin-point passes and a few one-time shots off corners that couldn't find the back of the net.
Corydon Central midfielder Sarah Bichir dribbles in front of Christian Academy of Indiana's Amy Leffler in the first half. The Lady Panthers senior went on to score the game-winner in the second half. Photo by Ross Schulz (click for larger version)
The first half was filled with those moments. Yet, in the second half, the Lady Panthers broke the ice and eventually won 2-1. Rallying from a goal down to Christian Academy of Indiana, Kaitlin Salomon scored off a pass from Danielle Uesseler just beyond the midway point of the second half.
"We had so many opportunities," Salomon said. "It's frustrating when we were on their side so much with so many opportunities and they didn't go in. You know you can score."
Momentum shifted to the side of the Lady Panthers and remained there for much of the final 20 minutes. They continued to attack CAI's third of the field.
Despite all the attempts inside the penalty area, it took a powerful right-footed boot from Sarah Bichir to score the game-winners. Once she turned upfield, and with no defenders around, Bichir launched a deep shot that found the upper left corner of the net with 8:33 remaining on the clock.
"Usually you see those shots and they tail off, but it stayed straight," Corydon Central coach Kyle Jones said. "It was a good goal. I told the girls on the bench that, when we have the opportunity to shoot, we have to shoot hard."
Despite holding a majority of the possession, many of the Lady Panthers couldn't find the back of the net.
"It was nerve-racking because we had so many shots, but they wouldn't go in," Jones said. "Both teams had chances, but everything for the longest time was wide, high and wide again."
Jones credited the effort on creating more space and shot attempts as a unit. Passing isn't always going to be perfect, but the coach said he'd like to see the girls take a few more touches near the scoring area off the dribble to either free up a shot or open a teammate.
The win was a bounce-back effort after an 8-2 loss at Heritage Hills two days before. Jordan Dagenhart scored both goals in the match.
"Against Heritage Hills, we were up tight on them and they would just run by us with through balls," Jones said. "We closed down better defensively today."
Players Thursday, and previously against Heritage Hills, had to deal with heat and humidity that had come on in the last week.
"It was very hot," Salomon said. "The non-stop running with the humidity made it hard to breathe. Conditioning is tough before the season, but today makes it worth it."
The veteran player said she is ready for the season and has high hopes for the squad.
"We're like a big family so that helps when we're on the field," she said. "We can tell each other things to do and know it won't let it get to us. Most of us have played together for a really long time. We have a lot of potential to do good things this year."
The Lady Panthers will return to the pitch today (Wednesday) when they play at New Albany at 6 p.m. On Saturday, Corydon Central will return home to face Meade County at 10 a.m.