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Berries slip past Red Devils on wet field
September 27, 2011North Central Conference
Jesús F. Jiménez
When it rains it pours.
Or it just drizzles, but soccer playing conditions are less than ideal either way.
On Saturday, Logansport slid past the Richmond girls soccer team in a tough 1-0 Senior Day loss at a wet Freeman Park.
Soft rain came down from the skies Saturday morning, but ended midway through the first half.
Unfortunately for the Red Devils, it rained just long enough for Logansport's Seanna Redman to sneak a goal past a sliding Jalencia Lemons.
Redman broke free from the Red Devils defenders, and Lemons attempted to hug the ball, but slipped. So did Redman, but she managed to get a foot on the ball just enough to score the unassisted goal five minutes into the game.
"She was wide open and she was coming right at me and I was pretty sure that she was going to get to (the ball) but she didn't. And then I went out to slide onto it, but my sliding was a little off and she just kicked it right past me into the goal and it was really upsetting," said Lemons.
RHS coach Rita Lickliter said, "We certainly gave up an ugly goal. ... We lost a mark and one mistake can cost a game. And it's unfortunate on Senior Day we had to lose 1-0 this way, but we had 79 minutes of tough work today."
The goal was all the Berries would need, as the Red Devils (4-7-2, 0-5) struggled offensively, being out-shot 12-4, with only two shots in each half.
The Red Devils honored seven seniors after Saturday's game: Lemons, Kristen Beck, Catey Costello, Sarah Sheridan, Jenna Ripperger, Tina Moore and Hope Rice.
"This class has been tremendous for us. Their leadership skills are top-notch. We're losing seven very important players of our squad and we're sorry to see them go for this season. It's been a privilege to coach them," said Lickliter.
"It's really hard to believe that it's the last (Saturday home game). I remember last year at Senior Day, all the seniors told us that it comes really fast and it does, more than you believe it does," said Sheridan.
Ripperger said, "I'm really disappointed on the outcome, but the score's not everything. Our seniors really improved today and stepped it up."
The Red Devils do have one more home game, though, as they host Muncie Central on Tuesday, before next Saturday's final NCC game at Huntington North.
"It's very sad to see that this'll be our last Saturday home game, but we do have one home game Tuesday, so it's not the complete end," said Lemons. " ... I hope that we can win our last two conference games, because we really don't want to be at the bottom in the NCC."
Sports writer Jesús F. Jiménez: (765) 973-4465 or firstname.lastname@example.org