NT soccer still searching for first win

By Austin Schmidt - [email protected]

NEW PARIS — The National Trail Blazers girls’ soccer team dropped two games on the week as they continue to search for their first win of the season.

On Thursday, Sept. 3, the team lost to Cross County Conference foe Franklin Monroe, 4-1. Kate Othersen scored for the Blazers as she gave the Jet defense problems all night, getting away five shots on goal. Rachel Ray also had two shots on goal.

Head coach Lisa McCloskey said she was happy with the offense despite only scoring one goal.

“We were able to attack offensively as well as defensively this game. Our passing showed great improvement in this match.”

On Saturday, Sept 6, National Trail traveled to Anna to take on the Rockets in a non-league match-up where they were defeated 5-0.

The Rockets connected on 30 shots on goal as Trail goalie Sophie McCloskey had 15 saves in the match. Afterwards Coach McCloskey was happy with her defensive unit fighting until the last whistle.

“Our defense was battered in this game, with the Rockets’ taking over 30 shots on goal, but they did an exceptional job at working together to defend the goal,” she said. “Bri Dillow, Chloe Anderson, Erika Gallaher, and Ruth Wellman all deflected shots, and spent the game breaking up pass plays, and stayed strong while defending against a fast offensive team.”

McCloskey said her team is improving offensively but still needs to work on finding the final pass at the offensive end.

“We know we need to improve in being able to connect when we have those opportunities to score,” she said. “As a young team I am impressed by the girls being able to make good decisions and knowing what to do — we just need to improve in our execution of those decisions.”

The National Trail boys soccer team hosted Franklin Monroe on Thursday, Sept. 3 and they lost to the CCC powerhouse 11-0.

The teams will travel to Miami East on Thursday, Sept 10, for a league match-up with the Vikings.

By Austin Schmidt

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Reach Austin Schmidt at 937-683-4062 or on Twitter @aschmidt_RH.

Reach Austin Schmidt at 937-683-4062 or on Twitter @aschmidt_RH.