Monday, May 1, 2017
Holland High School
Zeeland West High School
The Dux girls varsity soccer team used a fast start Monday night, scoring 2 goals in the first 7 minutes en route to a 4-2 victory over Holland. Sami Lopez (SO) scored the opening goal off of a rebound by slamming home a shot from just inside the 18 yard box. Kylee Winn (SO) scored her first of two goals on the night less than 2 minutes later, after Tally Martinez (FR) slotted a ball to her on the left side. Winn’s blast to the near post made it 2-0 Dux. Abriana VanderWerf-Lara (JR) made it 3-0 near the 22:00 mark off of a Josie Bos (JR) corner kick. “Pete’s” clever touch guided the ball just inside the near post. Holland got a goal back shortly thereafter after a 1-2 combination on the right hand side. “They played a quick 1-2 and we got caught watching the ball as their player slipped in behind and lofted a nice shot over our keeper to the far post. It was a nice shot, but we got caught looking at the ball and lost track of a free runner who made us pay. We made an adjustment after that and played decent defense most of the first half.” The Dux took a 4-1 lead into half time, after Winn scored her second goal of the night off of a free kick from about 35 yards out. Winn’s left footed blast sailed over the outstretched arms of the Dutch keeper.
Despite generating some really good chances, the Dutch scored the lone goal in the second half off of a misclear and scramble off of a Dutch corner. “We didn’t clear the ball, and were slow to react to the ball. They were quicker to the ball in that moment, and scored.”
“Overall, I am pleased with our team’s performance tonight. A couple of different players were able to score tonight, which is pretty cool. We got a little sloppy defensively at times in various places on the field, but controlled much of the tempo and possession of the match. We will make a couple of adjustments and continue moving forward into the second half of conference play. Our backs and outside mids did a great job of attacking their flanks tonight, which kept them on their heels a bit – especially in the first half.”
The win moves the Dux to 4-1-1 in the OK Green, and 6-2-2 overall. They open the second half of conference play on Wednesday at Byron Center, a team they tied 0-0 the first time around.