Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Zeeland West High School
Wayland Union High School
The Dux girls varsity soccer team took to the field for the 3rd time in 5 days, this time it was a non-conference match at Wayland. Wayland took an early 1-0 lead with about 10 minutes to go in the first half off of a turnover near midfield and an unlucky bounce led to a breakaway. Taylor Twork (SO) decisively came off of her line, but could not quite get her fingertips on the ball as at slid past and into the back of the Dux net. The Dux controlled possession in the first half, and generated 5 or 6 quality chances, but could not find the back of the net.
“Defensively, we were not as mentally sharp today as we were on Monday, and offensively we got off to a bit of a sluggish start – our effort was good throughout the match, but our technique and concentration let us down several times. We found ourselves in good scoring position several times in the opening half, but were not as technical with our final touch or shot. We are still working on being more consistent in making the most of our chances. The difference today came down to finishing – they did, we did not.”
Wayland took a 2-0 lead about 10 minutes into the 2nd half, but the Dux crept back into the match when Sam Hecht’s blast with 15:00 to go beat Wayland’s keeper to her left, making it 2-1 Wayland. With Wayland tiring, the Dux continued to possess and press for an equalizer in the waning minutes of the match, but were unable to do so as time expired.
“It has been a physically and emotionally challenging week for our team. I think that caught up with us a bit tonight, and definitely impacted our play. We came out a bit flat and sluggish, but worked our way back into the game and made some great adjustments offensively in the second half. We simply struggled with our final touch and shot placement all night.”
The loss drops the Dux to 3-2-2 on the season. They return to OK Green conference action Monday, when they travel to Holland Christian.