Rough week for Amherst girls soccer team

 

By Joel Charron

 

Don’t let their record fool you – the General Amherst Lady Gens girls’ soccer team is a much-improved team from last year.

Head coach Lisa Voakes said the 2013 Amherst girls’ soccer squad has enjoyed a good, competitive year but hasn’t seen the ball bounce the way they had hoped.

“We are in every game. We play hard and give teams a tough game,” said Voakes. “We’re just not getting the breaks we need.”

The Lady Gens playoff hopes took a big hit this past week, picking up two losses. The girls dropped a close 2-1 game to Cardinal Carter Tuesday afternoon at Centennial Park and a 3-1 road loss to Walkerville on Thursday.

On Tuesday, the Lady Gens dominated ball possession in the first half.

Amherst nearly grabbed the game’s first goal midway through the half, however the Cardinal Carter goalie was able to deflect the ball off the crossbar.

Amherst had 10 scoring chances in the first half to Cardinal Carter’s five.

Amherst’s Felicia Varacalli scored the game’s first goal after finding the back of the net during a wild scramble in front of the net.

Amherst’s Chelsea Meloche (black jersey) jumps in the air to try to head the ball forward while holding off a Cardinal Carter defender.

Amherst’s Chelsea Meloche (black jersey) jumps in the air to try to head the ball forward while holding off a Cardinal Carter defender.

Moments later, an Amherst hand ball in their own crease gave Cardinal Carter a penalty shot, which they cashed in on.

Cardinal Carter scored again on what seemed to be a harmless pass across the crease, which found an open opposing player who then squeaked it by goalie Maddy Drouillard.

In the dying moment of the game, Christine Belcher fired a shot from just inside the Cardinal Carter crease, however it rang off the crossbar.

“I really thought our defense played very well,” said Voakes. “I’m very proud of the girls. A couple of minor errors hurt us but they dominated the game.”

Varacalli admits they let the Cardinal Carter game slip out of their hands.

“We could have won this game, we just could capitalize on our chance,” she said. “It just didn’t go in, it wasn’t our day.”

Varacalli added the Lady Gens has improved with every game.

“We’ve improved so much over the season,” she said. “We’ve have grown as a team. We are beginning to know where we all are in on the field and that’s very important.”

Abby Vandermuren scored Amherst lone goal in their loss against Walkerville.

The Lady Gens moved to 3-6-1 on the season and wait to find out their playoff future in the coming week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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