the north face bags Lady Jacks knocked off in secionals
NORTH TONAWANDA It was a hard lesson learned, to be sure. But ultimately It was the kind of game that will make theyoung Lady Jacks better in the long term.
A pair of goals apiece from Emma Petri and Maggie Weichart proved to be too much to overcome as No. 5 Williamsville South scored a 6 0 win over No. 4 North Tonawanda in aSection VI Class A 1 quarterfinal girls soccer match Thursday.
The Lady Billies were strong on the ball all game long. Their ability to control the ball mixed with their skill, quality first touches and team speed made it a long night for the Lady Jacks as they felt as if they were playing catch up most of the game.
“It was like we were chasing them all game,” junior captain Bridget Wilson said.”We tried so hard, but we just couldn’t get there. They were always a step ahead of us.”
Despite being outshot 9 2 in the first half, the Lady Jacks kept it close, trailing 2 0 at halftime.
But a goal by Ivy Carey early in the second half sealed NT’s fate.
“I think we definitely had our moments,” NT coach Hannah Crouch said.”I think there were chunks of time where we controlled the ball, we had possession and we had them back on their heels. They just had some good breaks, good bounces and we didn’t have much going our way in that regard today.”
Eighth grade goalie Jordan Hummel was the unquestioned star of the game for the Lady Jacks as she stopped 16 of the 22 shots that she faced. While Hummel was understandably heartbroken that she wasn’t able to do more, her teammates were fast to praise her efforts.
“She played great,” Wilson said. “She’s done a lot for us all season, especially being so young. We’re so lucky to have her. She’s kept us in a lot of these games.”
“Jordan is a fantastic goalie and the fact that she’s in eighth grade should scare a lot of teams because she’s making saves you don’t see juniors and seniors making,” Crouch said.”She’s stopping breakaway shots. She’s coming out and being aggressive. Her attitude in general, she has a great attitude coming in every day. She works hard, she busts her butt and she’s just excited to be here, and it’s contagious. ”
A very young NT team just two seniors may have felt the playoffpressure during aslow start. But finishing the year 11 5 can be viewed as a success and a sign of even better days to come.