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Girls' soccer | Third time's a charmed championship for Male Bulldogs take region on Daub's late goa
October 19, 2011Louisville Male High School
After losing twice to Manual this season, the Male girls’ soccer team turned the tables on its rival Tuesday with a title on the line.
The Bulldogs tallied a late goal to defeat the Crimsons 1-0 for the Sixth Region championship at Manual Stadium.
Manual (8-12) toppled Male 4-2 on Sept. 7 and beat the Bulldogs 2-1 for the 12th District crown. The third match was a defensive stalemate until junior Kristina Daub booted the ball past goalkeeper Paige Thompson with 3:30 left to win it for Male (13-10).
A heavy downpour that began with about 27 minutes left changed the complexion of the game.
“The ball was slick, and it just went through her hands,” Manual coach Rick Underwood said of Thompson’s attempt to thwart Daub. “It was unfortunate. They put pressure on us, and that was an opportunity for them that paid off. We didn’t cash in on ours.”
Thompson, Male’s junior-varsity goalkeeper, got the call because the two varsity goalies were sidelined with injuries.
“She did a great job the whole game,” Underwood said. “She kept them out of there and made some nice saves.”
Senior forward Sydney Reinhardt assisted on the goal, passing to Daub at midfield.
With Male head coach Nicole Schulze out of town on business, assistant Meredith Wilkins took over on the sideline.
“We controlled the midfield for the most part,” Wilkins said. “I think the difference between the first two games (against Manual) and this game is we came out and played our tempo, and played to what we set out to do instead of letting them control the tempo.”
Male will host a sub-sectional on Tuesday.
“It’s phenomenal,” said midfielder Andrea Austin, who texted Schulze the news of the victory. “I’m a senior, and this is the first time we’ve beaten Manual in four years. We had heart. We wanted it bad.”
Both teams displayed staunch defense in the first half. Male attempted a corner kick at the 26:01 mark, but junior Max Zimmer deflected the ball. Less than a minute later, Male junior Elizabeth Seewer drilled a shot that was on target, but Thompson was there to make the save.
Male was on the attack again with 22:37 left, when junior Rachel Harbison lined a shot that was just wide.
Manual got its offense going midway through the first half but wasn’t able to convert its opportunities into goals. Senior Elise Steinmetz intercepted a pass and marched the ball up the field, but her shot was trapped by goalkeeper Nikki King.
The Bulldogs’ defense continued to stymie the Crimsons. Late in the first half, junior Katie Barker was quick on the scene to deflect a shot by sophomore Ophelia Vedder.
King made another save with 3:10 left on a kick by Max Zimmer.
The Crimsons almost got on the board at the 20:35 mark. Steinmetz lined a shot from the right side, but junior Katie Johnson was well-positioned and kicked the ball away.
Manual had another chance with 17:14 left in the game when sophomore Melissa Kapsalis moved the ball down the right sideline and lofted a shot, but it was just short.
“Our defense is really the backbone of this team,” Wilkins said. “They are all heart and are gritty players.”