By Seth Kinker, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Saline Hornet Girls Soccer team dropped their second contest of the season on Friday, Apr. 6 hosting the Brighton Bulldogs on a frigid Spring evening.
The Bulldogs, a consistently competitive team in the Kensington Lakes Athletic Association (KLAA), started out the game possessing the ball probing the Hornet defense looking for weaknesses.
As the game went on, the Hornets settled in and saw some chances on the left side of their 4-3-3 formation. Junior midfielder Nora Udrys and junior forward Devin Reilly were able to link some passes together but couldn’t get much opportunity.
While searching for weaknesses the Bulldogs sent a couple long through balls to test the Hornet defense led by senior captain Sarah Brannan. Senior goalkeeper Annika Udrys didn’t have to make any huge saves near the beginning of the contest as Brannan consistently made the right play either shielding the offensive player away from the ball as it rolled out of bounds or clearing the ball allowing the defense to reset.
Despite the strong defensive performance, the Hornet offense couldn’t seem to move the ball past the middle third of the field, a testament to the battle in the midfield of the two teams.
The Bulldogs began to possess from their back line moving forward. At 16:17 the Bulldogs got a free kick just outside the box that sailed just over the crossbar leading to a 0-0 halftime score.
Annika was more active in the second half as the Bulldogs began to increase the pressure, under a minute in quick passing by the Bulldogs led to a shot inside the box but it was hit weakly allowing for an easy save.
Around the 31-minute mark Annika had to come out and make a sliding stop, but she was too far out of the box. The Bulldog offense passed back trying to get a shot off and did, but by that time she had returned to the box and made a great diving save to keep the game scoreless.
The Bulldogs began to win the possession battle as the half went on and the Hornets couldn’t seem to find that finishing touch in the attacking third as the game progressed. The opportunities were there but they couldn’t capitalize.
With 2:34 remaining the Bulldogs capitalized, scoring on a counter that Bulldog senior forward Kayla Foran slotted to the right under Annika for the 1-0 Bulldog victory.
The Hornets fell to 0-2 and are back in action next week Tuesday (4/10) and Thursday (4/12)