Middle School Sports
Boys' JV Soccer
Lady Stangs Cage Cardinals of George Rogers Clark
August 20, 2013By Brad Gough of Bishop Brossart High School
After travelling nearly 2 hours to Winchester, KY, the Bishop Brossart Lady Stangs arrived at a beautiful Bermuda Grass field to play the Lady Cardinals of George Rogers Clark. The Lady Stangs knew by looking at the pristine pitch that it was going to be a fun game that catered to their possession and quick passing style.
The game started a bit cagey, as the Lady Stangs looked to shake off the long trip. With only 4 shots between both teams in the first quarter hour, the game seemed to be heading for a low score, looking like a defensive struggle. However, Abby Stadtmiller had other ideas as she took the ball into the box in the 16th minute. A cardinal defender lunged for the tackle and Stadtmiller rolled the ball through the defenders legs onto her left foot, then buried the shot to give the Lady Stangs a 1-0 lead. "That goal was ridiculous," Coach Brad Gough said after the game. "Stats has tremendous skill, and she just made that defender look silly."
Then, 2 minutes later Senior forward Madison Linebach opened her 2013 scoring account when fellow Senior Megan Dierig hit a dipping shot that the Cardinal Goalkeeper could just barely keep out. Abby Stadtmiller was again involved getting the first touch before Linebach slammed the ball home.
The Lady Stangs looked to be cruising until the Cardinals received a free kick just 25 yards from goal and converted it to cut their deficit in half. However, Stadtmiller found Dierig for another wicked shot that, this time, found the back of the net, and Seniors Cori Ziegler and Morgan Verst linked up toward the end of the half with Verst coming in from the left to receive a nice pass and cooly slot home. The halftime score was 4-1.
The 2nd half started nervy as GRC was able to hit a looping 30 yard shot that creeped into the top of the goal to again cut their deficit in half. The Lady Stangs kept the pressure high as Ziegler, Stadtmiller, and Junior Nicole Goderwis gave the Cardinal defenders fits and peppered the goal with shots. "I was happy to be winning 4-2," Gough recalled, "but I felt like we needed to score so that we didn't have to get back in the bus knowing we lost the 2nd half." Gough was not dissappointed as Ziegler weaved through the Cardinal defense and hit a 25 yard rocket that dipped under the bar, then soon after freed up Stadtmiller for her 2nd of the game.
The Lady Stang offensive output, scoring 6 goals, shouldn't be a one time affair this year for the Lady Stangs. With Senior leadership in the attack, this season looks to be an offensive explosion for the team. They will look to continue their scoring against the Lady Crusaders of St. Henry on Wednesday night.