By Alicia Dziak
Last Wednesday, the Varsity girls took on Mt. Mercy Academy at home, coming away with a close 5-4 victory.
The game saw sisters Grace and Kelsey Zabawa with two goals each, with Jackie Roggie adding one. Assists were registered by Grace Zabawa with two, as well as Amy Stabell and Jacy Schelble.
Coach Eric Holler said standout players of the game included the Zabawa girls for clutch scoring and setting up of multiple chances, and also Shay Ellis for strong defensive play in a pinch.
The team unfortunately did not come into the game at full strength, as their sweeper/stopper defensive unit got banged up in the Holland game from the previous week, and few other players have nagging injuries. “Our biggest strength right now is that although we aren’t playing our best soccer, we are getting positive results,” Holler said. “Hopefully, we will clean it up in time for back half of season and sectionals.”
Holler noted that the team needs improvement on marking and team defense. “This isn’t just our defenders, but mids and forwards as well,” he said. “Communication can always be improved, and finishing as well. We still need some other people to show up on the score sheet consistently.” We have had difficulty finishing out games/ can’t protect a lead.
On Friday, the girls played Eden in a league contest at home, this time taking away a big 6-0 win. Scoring for the Lady Griffs was Hannah Goetz with three, and Grace Zabawa, Jackie Roggie and Jacy Schelble with one each. Goals were assisted by Grace Zabawa and Erin Schneider with two each, as well as Goetz and Kelsey Zabawa. The shutout went to goalie Amy Stabell.
“Hannah Goetz played really well,” said Holler. “She finished all her opportunities and was constantly pressuring their backs to create opportunities.”
He added that, “Erin Schneider is improving every game. “She had two assists and did well to control possession.”
Holler noted that the team defense was another strength of the game, noting that, “The back four played well with Amy to earn the clean sheet.”
Last Wednesday afternoon, the JV girls hosted Olean for their first of three matchups this season. It was a roller coaster of a game, and one that could go either way from the first whistle.
The Huskies took an early lead on a breakaway goal. Springville answered back shortly thereafter with a goal from Shelby Stisser, and the game was tied at the half.
Heading into the second 40 minutes, Olean struck again with a powerful shot from the center midfield.
A Springville goal was called back due to controversial goalie possession, but Dru Robinson took advantage of another scoring opportunity. At the end of regulation, the game was tied at 2, sending it into overtime.
In the first 10 minute OT period, Olean scored off a corner kick resulting from a questionable call. The Griffins did not come back from it, and the final score was 3-2, Springville’s first loss of the season.
“Despite the loss, the girls’ teamwork, effort, and determination was prevalent until the last whistle,” said Voit.
The girls will have a chance to redeem themselves when they head to Olean two more times this season.