MOUNT VERNON — It was Senior Night for the Mount Vernon girl’s soccer team Monday for a match against the Licking Valley Panthers. It wasn’t a win, but it also wasn’t a loss. The match ended in a 1-1 tie.
The seniors who were honored included Megan Curry, Emily DePolo, Harper Ernst, Halley Henry, Claire Ogle, Kayla Shroyer and Abigail Strong.
The senior girls would have liked for this game to end in a win, but a tie was still better than a loss to a team that had more shots on goal and arguably better ball possession than the Jackets during certain moments of the intense back and forth game.
“This game shows that we can fight,” said Mount Vernon coach Bill Lonsinger. “We’re more of a short passing team and I think we got away from that and just kicked the ball up the field without a purpose. As a team we need to collect ourselves because Thursday we are going to be playing Ashland and they are a very good team; we can’t make mistakes like the mistakes we made today.”
The first goal of the game happened at minute 17:14 of the first half and was kicked by Stella Bainbridge of the Yellow Jackets off of a great assist by Mackenna Brokaw. Mount Vernon may have scored the only goal of the first half, but the Panthers were able to get more shots on goal and they were also better able to control the ball.
The second goal of the game came at minute 32:24 of the second half and was kicked by Emilee Redfurn of the Panthers. This goal was the pay-off and culmination of the onslaught of shot on goal attempts that the Panthers were kicking.
Despite the onslaught of shots, the Mount Vernon defense did very well only keeping the Panthers to one goal throughout the course of the game. Emily DePolo had eight great saves (including one at the end of the game that could have been a game winning goal for the Panthers).
“The seniors wanted to walk away with a win, but we fought hard. We need to be disciplined. We need to play our game rather than the other team’s game,” Lonsinger said.
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