South and Troy Athens end at standstill
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By Brendan Cauvel ’16| Copy Editor
This Monday, girls varsity soccer took on Troy Athens at home, ending in a bitter 0-0 tie after 80 minutes of play.
“I think both teams were pretty evenly matched overall, we were satisfied with the 0-0 tie purely because we didn’t want to let them score,” Grace Scott ‘17 said.
While scoring goals of their own is a priority for the girls, staying even and not letting Troy score was the largest goal coming into the game, Emma Frame ‘16 said.
“Last year we lost to Athens 5-2 so this year was a huge improvement. They also made it pretty far in states last year so it was good we were able to not let in any goals,” Emma Frame ‘16 said.
Despite solid play all around from the team, it was hard to generate offense against Troy’s stout backfield, Scott said.
“We just weren’t able to get a lot of through balls to the forwards to create opportunities,” Scott said.
Similar to Troy, South’s defensive line is equally as strong, allowing them to hold Athens to a scoreless outing, but the connection between offense and defense is something that needs work moving forward, Frame said.
“We have a very strong defensive line so that’s how we were able to keep them with zero goals,” Frame said. “But we are having a hard time connecting our forwards and midfielders and getting good shots on net, so it will be difficult this season to score. I have a feeling that’s how many of our games are going to end, 0-0.”
The season is just beginning, but early games can show what immediately needs to be improved, and from this game, working on offense and effort from all positions is needed, Scott said.
“So far we really just need to continue to work hard in practices and games,” Frame said. “We aren’t being considered a big threat this year and we want to show that we aren’t a team that should be looked over.”
Offensive work is necessary for the team, but fueling offense begins with a connection between defense and offense, Scott said.
“To do better we just need to continue to work on creating better opportunities for scoring for our forwards,” Scott said.
The girls’ next competition is against crosstown rival North tonight at home at 7:30.