Girls Varsity Soccer · Wind and Eagles not enough to stop Sailors


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A key conference game on Thursday at the sports park brought the GRC Eagles to South for a notable league match up. Two very similar teams met in a whirlwind and while the technical play itself seemed a bit chaotic at times, the intensity and determination from both sides made for good anticipation of who would gain the advantage and get on the scoreboard first. With the wind in their face, the Sailors held strong the first half while GRC seemed to be able to keep the ball in the Sailors half for most of the first 10-15 minutes. A critical save by Sailor keeper Annika Zuverink, pushing a high floating cross up into the crossbar and securing the rebound, seemed to inspire her team to dig deeper to find better ball control and passing form. South was able to create better linking between lines and attacking combinations to open up the game more into the Eagles end. The halftime score remained deadlocked at 0 with both teams finishing the half very strong.
With a little more wind advantage the second half, South moved the ball a bit more efficiently into the GRC end and built upon quicker midfield distribution and forward runs. Zuverink again came up big a couple of times, pushing shots wide, however it was South who found the net first with Emma Pothoven making sure to cover the back post and putting home a a rebound off of a shot by Joz Vantol. Zuverink, along with her back line warriors, Cleary, Rottman and Bosselaar, kept the Eagles out of the box and the net long enough for South to find some breathing room with it’s second goal 18 minutes later on a timely header by Emma DeVries off of the cross from the always hard-working Cassidy Broekhuizen. Broekhuizen quietly left her mark all over the field on this night, taking up various positions to help the Sailors defensively and offensively. Shots on the night for this vigorous contest were 5-5, with Zuverink registering 5 saves for the bagel.
South travels to Caledonia on Saturday for a noon match. This is the first of hopefully many benice Games, bringing attention and support to mental health issues in these neighboring communities. Find out more at benice.org.