Coach Thom Hayes said his Trinity Lutheran girls soccer team was lacking in teamwork and communication in a home match against Rising Sun on Saturday afternoon.
The Cougars outshot the Shiners 10-6 in the first half, and both teams ended up with 16 shots for the match, but Hannah Kramer scored a goal in each half to lead the visitors to a 3-0 win that left both teams 1-2 for the season.
“Our opportunities were created on individual efforts, mostly by Emma Myers, but also by other players, and I thought that was our downfall,” Hayes said. “We had a lot of individual efforts that were good. I’d like to say that we should have had three more goals and that’s how we could have won the game. It was not a good passing game, not good playing as a team.”
The Cougars started out aggressive as Myers had a free kick at the 37:45 mark that was wide right, and she had a shot that hit a side post at 35:50.
Soon after that, a storm came into the area, and when lightning was spotted by an official, time was called and everyone went into the gymnasium. The game resumed 40 minutes later, and Myers and the Cougars kept attacking the Shiners’ net, but they were unable to get any goals.
Kramer had a free kick with 10:58 left in the first half and scored. Trinity goalie Samantha Enzinger had two saves in the first half and four for the game, and Hayes said she did a good job in the net.
“(Enzinger) made the saves she should have made. I’m happy with the defense. I don’t like giving up three goals. One was a great shot from far out, and the others were individual breakdowns that didn’t turn out well for us, and that happens. The defense did well. They were hustling,” Hayes said. “Rising Sun was putting pressure on the defense, and I thought they responded well most of the game.”
Rising Sun’s Kierra Holbrook had a corner kick at 26:40 of the second half and managed to get the ball to go in the net for a 2-0 score. Kramer added an insurance goal with 46 seconds left in the match.
The Cougars were on the attack with 22 minutes remaining when Myers had a strong kick that was stopped by the Shiner goalie and the ball rolled toward Paige Davidson, who kicked the ball straight up.
Myers had a free kick that hit the crossbar with 8:20 remaining.
“We’re going to work on teamwork (today), and the other thing that cost us this game was the 50-50 balls,” Hayes said. “The goalkeeper punts and I’ll bet they got 95% of them. That would have been a game-changer, and passing would have been a game changer, and a little luck would have helped.”
Trinity (1-2) will play at Silver Creek beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday.