Seward Bounces Lady Warriors in Conference Tourney
The battle cry of the Schuyler Central High School Lady Warriors soccer team against Seward this season has been, “So close, yet so far!” Schuyler fell to the Lady Bluejays in the opening round of the Central Conference soccer tournament by a score of 2-1 in a match played in Seward last Thursday. Exactly one week earlier, to the day, the Lady Warriors dropped a regular season match to the same Seward team by the same score of 2-1 in a match played in Seward.
The Lady Warriors matched up well against the 6-4 Seward team despite losing their 8th match in a row and dropping to 1-8 on the season.
Giving up early goals continued to plague the Lady Warriors against the Lady Bluejays. In several prior matches this season, Schuyler Central has given up early goals to their opponents and have been unable to recover. Such was the case against Seward. The host squad scored goals in the 8th minute and the 18th minute to grab a 2-0 lead. Seward didn’t score again in the match, but the damage had been done.
Seward’s first goal came on a beautiful kick into the upper left corner of the goal that caught the Schuyler keeper out of position. The second goal came on a free kick after Schuyler had been called for a hand ball. The ball was perfectly placed into the upper right corner of the goal past Schuyler keeper Leslie DeArcos where she had no chance of making a play on it.
DeArcos took over the starting role as goalie after her solid performance earlier in the week against Lincoln Lutheran/Rising City. “Leslie had done a good job earlier in the week,” commented head coach Clarissa Dunn. “I think she was a little more nervous than usual today. We sent Bethany in at the 18-minute mark and Seward did not score again. Bethany looked a little more confident and focused than normal as well which helped.”
Senior Haylee Korth continued her strong play on the offensive end of the field scoring Schuyler’s only goal in the 60th minute cutting the Lady Warrior’s deficit to 2-1. Korth was also credited with two other shots on goal in the match.
For the day the Lady Warriors doubled up on shots-on-goal attempts by a total 14-7 but could only come up with the one score. Iliana Hernandez was credited with five shots on goal while Reagan Folda accounted for three more. Cony DeLaCruz added two attempts while Jessica Ramos had one kick at the goalie.
Even though her team lost another close match coach Dunn commented, “We played with intensity in this game the second half was even much better than the first. If we would have played our whole season the way we played the second half today we would have many more wins under our belts.”
Mother Nature was crowned champion of both the boys and girls tournaments on Saturday as the blizzard of 2018 wiped out the semi-final and final matches. They will not be re-scheduled.