SPENCERVILLE — Emma Leis scored a goal off a corner kick late in the second half to give the host Bearcats a 2-1 Northwest Conference girls soccer victory Tuesday night against Allen East.
Kelsey Shaffer launched the corner kick from the right side and after the Mustang defenders failed to clear the ball, the sophomore Bearcat forward delivered the game-winner.
Spencerville improved to 7-4-1 overall and 4-0-1 in the Northwest Conference while Allen East fell to 6-3-3 on the season and 3-1-1 in the NWC.
“They scored two goals off two defensive mistakes. That’s been the story of our season this year,” Allen East head coach Lamar Houston said. “On the second goal, the girls were right there and let it get through them. We had opportunities all game long but just couldn’t connect. We lost a center back earlier this season and that had had an effect on our team; we’ve had to have others step in there. We have the girls to do it but it’s just being in the right place at the right time — or not being in the right place at the right time as the case may be. Our second and third touches were also not quite there today. It all cost us today.”
The Mustangs won the shots on-goal 13-6 but Spencerville junior goalkeeper Kottia Williams had 11 stops.
“We’ve come a long way in this, our third season of varsity ball. This is a big win for our program,” Spencerville head coach Kathy Goecke said. “The first time we played Allen East, they beat us 10-0. Last year, we lost by one goal. We also lost a speedy forward – Nelaya Burden – to an injury and today was the first time we used this lineup. It seemed to work well. Our fundamentals are so much better than when we started. Our passing, our ball control, everything has gotten steadily better; the fundamentals are so much better.”
The Bearcats got on the board early in the first half. This time, Leis assisted on the goal. From the center outside the 18-yard box, she got control and found Gillian Goecke on the right wing and the sophomore let fly from 15 yards away, with Lauren Criblez getting her hands on the ball but being unable to control it as it found the back of the net for a 1-0 Spencerville lead.
Later in the first half, Allen East tied the score at 1. Off a steal, senior Ally Richardson got control in the middle and immediately lofted a 30-yarder over the head of Williams and into the left side of the net.
The Mustangs had a chance to go up a goal later in the half as Richardson – off a corner kick – got an opening from 14 yards out but a defender deflected the chance away.
The Mustangs had a good chance in the second half as senior Kinsey Helser let loose from just outside the box on the right wing but Williams deflected the ball away and the Mustangs weren’t able to get another shot off in that sequence.
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