Mount Saint Joe's shuts down LTS girls
Long Trail dug themselves into a hole early in the game, allowing five goals to MSJ who dominated the ball and the field for much of the first half.
Mount Saint Joseph's got the scoring started early when sophomore forward Megan Eaton got a pass off a through ball and put it in the lower righthand corner of the net just four minutes into the game.
About 13 minutes later the Mounties struck again when junior midfielder Claire Schmelzenbach received a through ball from forward Jenna Eaton - an eighth grader - and shot the ball over the head of Lynx freshman goalie Martha Phelps who had nine saves on the day.
The Mount Saint Joseph's third goal came with 17:36 left to go in the half when they won a corner kick and lofted the ball in front of the net. The Mounties fired and missed, but quickly regained possession and scored off a header by sophomore forward Megan Eaton from Jenna Eaton.
A little over a minute later MSJ scored again when Monica Schmelzenbach - an eighth grader who also plays goalie for the team - buried the ball in the corner of the net to put the Mounties up four-nil.
MSJ struck for the final time in the half a little over three minutes later. Freshman forward Jillian Beayon got the ball after the first shot by the Mounties hit of the hands of Phelps. Beayon fired, putting the ball in the back of the net to give MSJ the 5-0 lead.
At halftime, Mount Saint Joseph's coach Sarah Fortier said she told the team to keep up their momentum and to keep passing the ball.
"We just wanted to work on looking up, looking for the open person," said Fortier. "We've always had this philosophy where everybody plays offense, everybody plays defense so that's exactly what we did."
The Mounties continued to attack, firing five more shots - three that were saved by Phelps and two others that went wide - before the end of the half.
LTS came out more aggressive in the second half and held MSJ scoreless until with 14:12 left to go Mount Saint Joseph's scored off a slow roller by Jenna Eaton to increase the lead to 6-0.
In a post game interview, LTS Coach Trevor Daniel said he liked some of the fundamentals he saw out of his players particularly in the second half.
"I think in the second half they didn't sit back and let MSJ bring it to them. They stepped up to the ball, they were first to the ball and when they won the ball they went back to what we practiced that is don't just boot it out or get it to nobody, but look for a teammate and play the ball in to the teammate," Daniel said. "I felt they had a couple of good combination plays, a string of seven passes, a string of five passes and a couple of breakaways. So, that to me we didn't win the game, but that was a good accomplishment. Being five goals down at halftime and still be composed to play with teammates and connect five, six passes is a good thing for the team."
MSJ tacked on another goal with just under three minutes left to play. After the first shot by Mount Saint Joseph's hit off the hands of Phelps, MSJ got the rebound and the Mounties' Monica Schmelzenbach lofted a shot into the back of the net to make the score 7-0.
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