EATON — The Lady Eagles also took on the same list of SWBL opponents, but have struggled. After a win over Talawanda, Eaton is 0-2-1 in its last three games. In their most recent match against Monroe on Thursday, the Lady Eagles were defeated, 8-0.
“Monroe would score 20 seconds into the game and then 10 minutes later,” coach Michael Bacher said.. “After that we outplayed them for 25 minutes.
“I’m the coach and take full responsibility for not having the girls ready to play as they would add one more and five in the second half. There wasn’t any fire to the game. It was quiet. They are not an 8-0 team better than us.”
Eaton followed with a hard-fought, competitive game against Valley on Tuesday, Sept. 19. The Spartans would score a lone goal in the first half and take a 1-0 win.
“Big conference game,” Bacher added. Valley View is currently second in the conference with Eaton at 5th.
“They had some opportunities early, they are quick, tall, and do a great job of being organized. I thought our girls settled in nicely after getting a feel for the game.
“We go thru a spell of ball watching when the ball is on the wing and lose our marks, it burnt us once midway thru the first half as they connected on a cross where their striker checked up and finished.
“We would have our opportunities, including seven in the first half, led by Anna Black and Emily Dungan up top — three corners and three free kicks. One ball was played over the top where their keeper was off her line, had to get back and make a diving save to keep their lead.”
“I thought Taylor Brooks and Tyler Pittman played well in the midfield once settled in. Freshman Kendall Combs is gaining valuable experience at stopper. I think she is doing a fantastic job, at breaking up threats, a couple mistakes here and there, to be expected…
“Junior Keeper Ashlynn Black continues to be impressive in goal, adding seven saves in the first half. I believe without a doubt, she is the best goalkeeper in our league!
“Gabrielle Petry and Chelsea Cruze did well to not let girls get the edges on the wing and get inside, they kept them out there. Game would end up being called cause of lightning, final 1-0.”
Eaton has games scheduled at Oakwood on Thursday and at home against Brookville on Saturday.