Hurricane girls soccer wins at home against St. Joseph
HURRICANE — Hurricane High School’s Lady Redskins entertained the visitors from Huntington St. Joseph on Saturday, Sept. 1.
Under a hot, afternoon sun Hurricane kicked off and in seconds St. Joe’s won the first free kick of the game. Hurricane applied pressure on both wings, but it was St. Joe that had the first real shot on goal when a long ball over the top of the defense found Abi Hugh clear on the left. Hugh shot, but her kick lacked power and proved an easy save for the keeper.
After the first few minutes, most of the pressure was coming from the home team, who were winning the midfield battle while St. Joseph’s passes were frequently going astray. Leah McBain and Bailey Fisher were proving troublesome on Hurricane’s center and on the right wing and they forced a series of saves, interceptions and corners from the visitor’s defense without really troubling their goalkeeper.
Fisher, in particular, tried several long range shots and, in the 25th minute she received the ball on the edge of her own penalty area and ran the length of the field before losing it to a timely tackle in front of the opponent’s goal.
For the next ten minutes, St. Josephs exerted their own pressure but their attacks lacked a lethal finish and many of them were broken up by the Hurricane No. 19, Leya Aussi, who was solid on the right side of the home team’s defense. Unfortunately, in the 35th minute Aussi was injured while contesting the ball with an opposing player and had to leave the field.
In the last two minutes of the half, St. Joseph staged several attacks and in the last of them No. 2, McKenzie Moran, clashed with a defender and went down in the middle of the area, drawing several loud appeals for a penalty kick from the visiting fans. The players didn’t appear to be claiming a PK however, the referee saw nothing untoward and he waved the play on. The half ended with honors even at 0-0.
St. Joseph kicked off the second half but the ball was quickly intercepted by Hurricane who went immediately on the attack and had two shots on goal within a minute of the restart. One of these shots brought a good save from the St. Joseph keeper, who was injured in the process and had to go off the field for treatment.
Abby Lee, who had been a major contributor to the St. Joe attack during the first half, substituted as goal keeper and
within a minute she was called on to make an excellent leaping save to her left to push a stinging shot from Hurricane’s Bailey Fisher over the bar and out for a corner. Lee didn’t quite get to the ball as the kick was taken however, it came over to the opposite side of the penalty area where Shannon Fesker made no mistake in driving it low and hard into the center of the goal to make the score Hurricane 1, St. Joseph’s 0.
This seemed to encourage Hurricane and they staged a series of attacks, the last of these consisting of a goalmouth scramble that resulted in a second St. Joseph’s player being injured and having to be helped from the field. Despite this, and undeterred by the Hurricane pressure, the visitors continued to make breakaway attacks that forced two corners in quick succession, both of which were easily cleared by the home defense.
With 16 minutes to go, Bailey Fisher seized the ball in mid-field, evaded two tackles and tried a low, stinging, long-range shot from outside the penalty area. The St. Joseph’s goalkeeper managed to get behind the ball and stopped it but was unable to hold on to it and Leah McBain, running in from the right wing, caught the rebound and hit it into the net to increase the home team’s lead to Hurricane 2, St. Joseph 0.
By this stage of the game St. Joseph, who only had thirteen girls in their squad, were feeling the heat, injuries and lack of substitutes but they continued to try and McKenzie Moran was unlucky to see her header from a free kick go narrowly wide.
The last five minutes saw Hurricane maintaining their pressure without success and the game ended with no further goals and Hurricane won by 2 goals to nil.