Middle School Sports
Boys' JV Soccer
Lady Stangs Fall Just Short Against Pandas
September 7, 2013By Brad Gough of Bishop Brossart High School
The Lady Stangs knew they had their work cut out for them on Wednesday when they faced the Pandas of Notre Dame without last year's MVP and Offensive Player of the Year, Sam Cetrulo and Morgan Verst respectively, due to injury.
Most of the match proved a defensive struggle, as the Pandas controlled much of the ball but were unable to crack the vicious Lady Stang defense to create any real chances. Brossart was able to create few opportunities of their own, but had a foothold in the game as they controlled the flow at times and looked to open the game up. The first half ended 0-0.
The 2nd half began as the first half ended, with the Pandas pushing and shooting from distance but unable to trouble Senior Goalkeeper Sarah Futscher. It was the referee who took center stage, however, as Notre Dame lofted a hopeful ball into the box and a few players collided looking for the first touch. The official blew his whiste, and pointed to the spot awarding the Pandas a penalty kick. They converted, and took a 1-0 lead. "You just hope in those cases that the referees let the players decide the match," Coach Brad Gough lamented, "but in this case the official thought he saw something and decided it deserved a huge intervention."
The goal deflated the Lady Stangs some, but they continued to push for the equalizer. Inside of 10 minutes remaining, they were awarded a free kick from just outside the Pandas penalty box. Senior Cori Ziegler hit a wicked shot that the Panda keeper was unable to hold, leaving the ball precociously sitting in front of the goal. The following scrum saw Brossar Junior Morgan Frey get the last touch sending the ball into the Panda net, and for a moment it looked as if the Lady Stangs had a deserved equalizer. It was the referee who again intervened to the Pandas' relief blowing his whistle to disallow any goal in claiming that the keeper had possession of the ball before Frey's touch.
"Dissappointed? I'm dissappointed in the result because we deserved more," Gough remarked, "but that's where the dissappointment ends and the pride begins. I'm proud of the way the team competed and fought the entire match, and especially after going 1-0 down under questionable circumstances."
It is yet to be seen how the team will persevere from such a contentious match.