Soccer Game Summary: St. Ursula Academy vs. Mason at Buenger Field
August 22, 2012St. Ursula Academy
Tuesday 8/21 – St. Ursula Academy vs. Mason at Buenger Field
The 2012 Bulldog soccer season brings new players, new coaches, and relatively new field turf. This year’s squad is among the youngest in recent history, and with an extremely challenging schedule ahead, will be forced to grow up quickly. For the 4th straight season, the opener is against the Mason Comets, who have shot to the top rungs of the Cincinnati girls soccer landscape over that period. Yes, a good measuring stick right out of the gate.
It took less than 45 seconds to test goalkeeper Olivia Silverman. Mason had sprung loose a forward whose shot from inside the 18 was denied by the SUA keeper. The initial Bulldog opportunity came six minutes in when a long Madeline Peskovitz free kick fell to Kate Elson, who turned and fired, only to have the Mason GK block the shot. Not long after, Maddie Huster picked the pocket of a Mason midfielder and had a hard hit from 25 yards out.
The ball dipped and short-hopped the keeper, who did a nice job to control the ball. Another good chance for SUA came when Mason committed a foul just outside the 18. Huster’s free kick was well struck, but sailed just over the crossbar. In the waning minutes of the half, Mason had a great look from the corner of the 6-yard box, but GK Silverman quickly kicked out her legs and made an excellent save of the low shot. The teams headed to halftime nil-nil, an appropriate score as play had been very even.
Not much different occurred on the pitch in the 2nd half, with one exception, somebody rippled the net. Unfortunately it wasn’t SUA. Seven minutes in, following a defensive clear out of the Bulldog 18, a 50-50 ball squirted to a Mason player who quickly settled the it and unleashed a high, arcing, well-positioned shot from 25 yards that found the upper 90 inside of the far post.
The Bulldogs would counter with a host of corners from Huster. One was headed by Peskovitz to the Mason keeper, and another headed barely wide by Megan Niebuhr. A long thru-ball from Huster to Mary Vignola was broken up in the last nanosecond by the Mason GK, who had alertly sprinted from the goal line as soon as the pass was made. Then with 13 minutes to go, Anna Arar redirected a bouncing ball from about 12 yards out that went wide-left by a foot.
The Comets nearly added to their lead late in the game during a quick transition as SUA had pushed forward, but Olivia Silverman was up to the task, leaving her feet twice to block two shots, then collapsing on the ball. The last 5 minutes saw the nice-sized, color-coordinated Bulldog cheering section screaming with anticipation on a couple of occasions. SUA had 4 or 5 shots from deep within the penalty area that always seemed to find the shin guards of a Comet defender, and a last gasp cross from Darby Schwarz was headed away by Mason.
Not the result the Bulldogs had in mind, but all in all a very close match, decided by the slightest of margins. Hopefully these 2 sides meet again in October, as that would mean they both have advanced far into the tournament.