In a rescheduled match against the St. Clair Bulldogs, the 4-0 score didn’t reflect the competitive game that the Hillsboro Hawks Girls Varsity Soccer club played. Strong defense in the midfield was the star of show for the Hawks, providing a base to continue to build off of.
A stout defense for the Hawks kept the ball out of St. Clair’s possession most of the half. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs capitalized on small cracks in the defense, scoring in the 11th, 17th and 18th minutes.
“When we communicated it made a great difference in our overall game,” Ashlynn Dean said. “Something we could improve on would be not dropping back and going to the ball, but overall it was a great game!”
Eager to earn a goal, the Hawks kept up their pressure in the second half, with the midfield going to work to take control of the ball. Sadly, the Bulldog’s were able to sneak in one more goal in the 45th minute before the Hawks shut them down for good. While the Hawks walked away with a loss, Head Coach Sam Nansel was still impressed with the results.
“The score doesn’t show it, but we played our best game of the season,” Nansel said. “We held most of the possession in the first half, but unfortunately they capitalized on the little mistakes we made and converted them into goals. Dean and Bella Stephens did very well in the mid-field, winning balls out of the air and playing to feet. We are definitely progressing and it’s good to see it.”
Baylei Clubb played in goal all 80 minutes and had 15 saves. The Hawks had one shot on goal to the Bulldogs’ 19 shots.
The Hawks’ next matchup is against the St. Vincent Indians on April 30th. The game starts at 5:00 p.m.