U14 girls start season with two impressive wins
After a splendid fall campaign in which the Oberlin U14 Girls Soccer team dropped only two matches during the season, the team looks to add a mix of new talent into the lineup this spring with three newcomers, Anastasia Martin, Liz Nejadfard and Niyma Coleman joining the team ranks.
During the pre-season practices and in their first couple games of the spring season, it looks as if the group has come together nicely. The most immediate testimony to the team’s play occurred Saturday as they pushed their record to 2-0 with a 7-1 romp past Vermilion.
Coach Ingrid Weaver was most impressed with her team’s efforts to distribute the ball and work their passing lanes all across the field. The result was seven different players scoring the seven goals this weekend.
With a mix of accurate passing and sound position play, Weaver's charges took control from the outset. It wasn't long before the offensive pressure would yield results.
After controlling an errant clear from the Vermilion defense, Zoe Bickel set up Sarah Parsh for the game's first tally just seven minutes in. Shortly thereafter, Dazhane Hill capitalized on a loose ball in the midfield, dribbled deftly upfield and deposited a shot into the back of the net to tally the team's second score.
Team newcomers, Martin and Nejadfard combined for the third score when Anastasia delivered nice touch from the right side and Liz did the rest, depositing her shot just inside the right post. Serenity Crowley completed the first half’s scoring by rifling home a free kick from just outside the penalty area, giving Oberlin a 4-0 advantage at the break.
The second half play resulted in three more tallies for the home team, Yana Miller delivering an unassisted score in the 37th minute, Miranda Schaum drove home the team’s sixth goal on a nice pass from Miller, and Baily Wilbanks closed out the Oberlin scoring in the 61st minute with another unassisted score, touching the ball just inside the right post.
Oberlin's defense was anchored by the quartet of Ella Boyer, Rhiannon McKee, Crowley, and Maya Peters, as they were more than ready for any offense Vemilion mustered. Goalie duties were ably shared by Miller, Wilbanks and Megan Proy.
The midfield play throughout the contest was superb with Asta Rustad, Cora Spurlock, Proy, Bickel and others consistently controlled the ball and connected with their passes between the defense and the offense.
In Oberlin’s season opener earlier last week, the U14s headed on the road to face an always tough Lorain squad. It was no different this year, as Oberlin shook off the first game jitters and punched in a couple first half goals which stood up for a 2-0 win.
Goalie Jessica Weaver earned the shutout, making six saves on the day. Oberlin broke the ice on a gorgeous play in the 14th minute–Wilbanks in traffic delivered a perfect ball to the Miller’s right foot who, from the 18, one-timed a shot into the upper left hand corner of the net beyond the reach of the Lorain keeper.
Oberlin’s insurance goal came after a nice shot by Schaum which the Lorain keeper stopped, Miller was in the right place at the right time and touched home the rebound for the 2-0 lead and the final tally.
The team will face stiffer competition this weekend when they face Midview at home on Saturday morning.