ST. CLAIRSVILLE — St. Clairsville has been practically unstoppable within the early going of the 2021 women’ soccer season. The Purple Devils had gained their first 5 contests with out a lot resistance. Nevertheless, that every one modified Wednesday night time at cloud-covered Purple Satan Stadium.
Steubenville, which dominated the second half, scored off a well-executed nook kick within the remaining minute of play to stun the Purple Devils and earn a 1-1 draw on the factitious pitch.
“I really feel within the first half we had been sort of unfortunate and we had been of their heads a bit bit,” Steubenville head coach Annie Cutri stated. “At halftime we talked about stepping to balls and ensuring to maneuver off the ball. We did a very good job of that Monday, however we didn’t within the first half tonight. Within the second half we did a a lot better job. That’s how we play Massive Purple soccer.”
Massive Purple (2-2-1) hit the publish as soon as in every half, with the preliminary blast coming off a Chloe Petrelle within the twenty first minute. In addition they rang one off of the highest left nook when Hailey Neely simply missed a purpose.
The duo greater than atoned for his or her near-misses after they mixed on the nook kick with time winding down in regulation play.
After the ball trickled over the St. Clairsville finish line with 30 seconds left on a operating clock, Neely grabbed the ball and shortly positioned it for a nook kick. Not losing any time, she despatched the ball in direction of the entrance of the cage the place Petrelle deflected it into the again of the online, a lot to the delight of her teammates who swarmed her in celebration and to the dismay of the Purple Devils who might surprise what if?
“These two women, together with Libby Saccoccia, have been taking part in since they had been freshmen,” Cutri stated. “They’re our leaders.”
St. Clairsville took a 1-0 lead within the thirty second minute as Alyssa Bodkin obtained behind the protection and Emily Thompson discovered her with a nifty feed. Bodkin’s right-footed laser went via the fingers of Steubenville goalkeeper Elexis Martin and into the online. The web-finder got here on the Purple Devils’ seventh-and-final shot as they didn’t document one within the second half.
“The second half was not good. We simply didn’t present up for the second half,” a dissatisfied St. Clairsville head coach Wes Stoner allowed. “I’m unsure why, both. We did the identical factor towards them up there final yr and so they beat us 3-1. I don’t know. It simply wasn’t there within the second half for no matter cause.
“I don’t know whether or not it was nerves or what, however I simply advised them that we have to discover ways to win shut video games like that,” he continued. “I advised them this was a very good lesson for the remainder of the season. They’ll keep in mind this one. They’ll keep in mind win shut video games.”
Martin stopped six of the seven photographs she confronted whereas St. Clairsville’s Rileigh Wooden made seven saves on 11 photographs.
St. Clairsville hosts Indian Creek Saturday.
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