EATON — The Eaton Lady Eagles soccer team shut-out the Greenville Green Wave 3-0 in a non-conference match on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at home.
Eaton completely dominated the match throughout the contest, keeping the ball on the opposition’s half for well over 60 minutes. Greenville never made a shot-on-goal in the game.
The first Eaton goal occurred at 30:15 when Emily Dungan tapped the ball with an assist from Jessica Spitler to gain the early lead. For the remainder of the half, the Eagles had numerous opportunities to score more goals, but failed to capitalize due to missed shots and passive attacks. The home team attempted six more shots but none hit the inside of the net, locking up the score at halftime at 1-0.
The second half was a similar performance, with Eaton controlling the ball while staying on the Greenville half of the pitch. Senior midfielder Mariyah Mckelvin helped set up scoring opportunities for Eaton while taking the ball away from the opponents numerous times. Mckelvin, along with the rest of the team, made seven total shots and had four missed opportunities from the break, until she was able to kick the ball in with an assist from Spitler at 13:25 for a 2-0 lead.
Greenville had two corner kick opportunities within the last few minutes of the match, only to be cleared out by McKelvin.
The third and final goal was scored with just one minute left in the match, on a Taylor Roth kick off a pass from Hallie Wilt, sealing the victory.
Eaton out-shot Greenville, with 17 total shots-on-goal, to the Green Wave’s zero. Mckelvin had six shots, Dungan had five, Kate Bulack made two, Spitler had two, Taylor Roth had one, and Isabella Taylor had one.
“Even though we won, I’m disappointed with all of the missed opportunities,” said Eaton coach Michael Bacher. “We need to find ways to finish and switch the point of attack.”
“We seem to be clicking at the right time before the tournament,” Bacher added. “The girls seemed very low-key and didn’t display a lot of energy tonight. But we had some outstanding moments of play for about 20 minutes or so in each half. They moved the ball well and are finally finding that team chemistry.”
The team was scheduled to play against Southwestern Buckeye League opponent Valley View on Thursday, Oct. 6, for position in the Southwestern Division of the SWBL. Eaton is now 4-9 on the season, and 3-6 in the Southwestern Division.
Reach Oliver Sanders at 937-683-4062 or on Twitter @osanders_RH