The opportunities were there, and unfortunately so was Model’s goalkeeper.
Model junior Hayley Hunt defended nearly all of Western Hills’ 24 shots on frame, except one. The single breakdown gave the Lady Wolverines a 1-0 victory over Model Wednesday night at Sower Soccer Complex.
The Lady Wolverines (4-6-1) dominated possession the entire game, outnumbering Model 10-1 on shots in the first half.
But because of Hunt, the score remained 0-0 at halftime.
“It was a good surprise,” WHHS senior Carson Cline said. “A lot of the shots I took, Brenna (Burton) took and Kolby (Richardson) took, they were all upper V to the corner and those typically slide right in and that’s what we were expecting. She was on it.”
That was until Maria Conway sent a ball that bounced off the crossbar and was deflected in front of the goal where Cline tapped it in for the 1-0 score with 14:57 left in the game.
“It felt like slow motion because it hit the crossbar and came right to me,” Cline said. “I had time to trap it, slow it down and pass it right to the corner. Coach (Mike Toncray) kept saying you have to pass it in the corner if you want it to go in, because that goalie is going to get it.”
The Lady Wolverines continued to put pressure on the goal after taking the lead, but couldn’t connect again. The responsibility was then placed on the defense to keep Model off its side of the field.
“Since we kept the ball the majority of the game, sometimes our defense wasn’t ready and they’d have to chase it back,” Cline said. “Normally they’d trap it and just send it right back, but Lexie (Richardson) was on it and saved us all the time.”
Hunt manned the goal the entire game for the Lady Patriots, while MacKenzie Jones was in goal for the Lady Wolverines.
Western Hills plays at Shelby County 12:30 p.m. Saturday.