YELLOW SPRINGS — The National Trail girls soccer team matched up against Yellow Springs on Saturday, Sept. 10, and returned home with a 5-1 win over the non-conference opponent.
The Lady Blazers were shut out in the first half, although they kept the Bulldog’s keeper on her toes with multiple shots on goal. NT rallied in the second half with Kate Othersen scoring two goals, and Taylor Middleton, Rachel Ray, and Davlyn Werner all scoring one goal each.
Gracie Jones, Kristen Othersen, Bri Dillow, Trena Caldwell and Erika Gallaher all contributed offensively by having multiple shots on goal.
“We are happy for the win,” said coach Lisa McClosky. “The girls started off slow and and although we were able to take shots, we just couldn’t get in a flow the first half. They finally woke up in the second half and played better. I am proud of them for getting it together and finishing the game.”
In a rainy Cross County Conference match-up on Thursday, Sept. 8, the Lady Blazers fell to Franklin-Monroe, 2-0. The Blazers and the Jets played neck and neck with no score in the first half. But F-M was able to score quickly in the second half, and Trail wasn’t able to respond.
Offensively, the Blazers were able to have multiple shots on goal, with seniors Middleton and Othersen having two each. Ray, Brooklyn Anderson, and Werner all had one shot on goal each. Trail’s keeper, Sophie McCloskey, had six saves for the night, while Dillow and Ruth Wellman gave the Lady Blazers one defensive save each.
“The girls gave a good effort,” McClosky said. “Obviously, we would’ve liked to have connected with the goal, but we did some good things out there. We always enjoy playing the Jets and this was just a really good game of soccer. We just didn’t come out on top.”
National Trail now stands with a 3-4 record on the season, and is 0-2 in league play. The team’s next outing was a CCC match-up scheduled for Monday, Sept. 12, at Dixie.
Reach Oliver Sanders at 937-683-4062 or on Twitter @osanders_RH.