In a busy week of soccer, Oberlin’s girls picked up a non-conference win and their first point in conference play based on a draw with Patriot Athletic Conference rival Brooklyn.
In a third match, Oberlin played well but fell 5-0 to undefeated Wellington.
Coach Becky Lahetta’s team kicked off the week cruising to an 8-0 over Shaw.
Playing at home, it didn’t take the Phoenix long to find the back of the net, as Angie Clement’s shot sailed in during the first minute of play. Junior Julie Lindberg added a second tally minutes later to push the Oberlin lead to two.
Sophomore Rosy Turner provided an assist to each of the goals. Turner took the next play herself, adding a score in the seventh minute. Lindberg would cash in two more times and junior Janae Johnson would join the point parade as Oberlin pushed their lead to 6-0 at the half.
Flipping the line-up a bit in the second half, defenders Nora Cavanaugh and Alyssa Hicks-Watson converted two more Oberlin opportunities to complete the scoring.
Lahetta praised the girls: “With our mix of upperclassmen and first years, it’s been nice to see the seniors and juniors take on a team leadership role and help the younger girls adjust to varsity level play.”
Oberlin also took to the road to face conference foe, the Brooklyn Hurricanes. With both teams looking for their first PAC win, the two squads played to a spirited draw.
Goalie Selena Santiago was sharp in the goal, turning away nine Brooklyn shots. At the other end however, the Oberlin offense couldn’t solve the Hurricanes defense, unleashing 16 shots (12 on goal), but the Brooklyn keeper was equal to the task.
Both teams departed the pitch collecting a single point for the draw in the standings.
Despite the tie, Lahetta was upbeat. “Several members of the team have had to adjust to new positions this fall, but they’re really starting to get the hang of it,” she said. “We now are continuing to work key fundamentals and communicate on the field. When we do the little things, we are successful.”
On Monday, in the afternoon heat, Oberlin hosted undefeated PAC foe Wellington. Despite the high temperatures Lahetta’s team battled hard against the Dukes.
As the afternoon wore on, Wellington poked goals through the defense and ended up a 5-0 winner.
Oberlin (3-6-1, 0-4-1 PAC) faces Keystone on Wednesday after deadline and is back on the pitch Saturday when they travel to Open Door. First touch is set for 5 p.m.
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