Summit Christian Academy has had little trouble scoring goals this season. But against Kansas girls soccer power Bishop Miege, the back of the net became harder to find.
For just the second time all season, SCA failed to score more than one goal in a game and fell to Bishop Miege 3-1 May 6 on the Eagles’ home field.
Coming into the game, the Eagles, 11-3-1, averaged almost seven goals a game, but only got four shots on goal against the Stags, the No. 3 ranked team in Kansas’ Class 4A.
“There should have been more (goals),” said SCA head coach Amber Siemsen. “It’s never my fear of if we’re going to score or not because I know we’ll score. We have a lot of girls capable of scoring. I’d say we’ve had 10 different players score from our team. That was expected from me that we’d at least get one. I wish we would have gotten another one when we had the wind going with us.”
The Eagles came away from the first half going against a strong wind with an even score at one goal apiece at halftime.
Taking advantage of the wind, Bishop Miege fired off 12 shots in the first half, getting the game’s first goal 10 minutes into the game as Hannah Belfield volleyed in a corner kick.
SCA caught the Stags on a counter attack as Kassi Ginther dribbled down the right side of the field, cut back and let loose a shot. A defender stopped the shot near the goal line, but Rachel Bacon put the loose ball in the net in the 24th minute.
Though the Eagles came out attacking in the second half, they had a difficult time figuring out playing into the wind, not connecting on very many crosses or long balls in the air.
“We’re a really young team, so that has a lot to do with it because there’s a lot of people still learning,” said Siemsen. “You can tell them a million times, but for them to actually understand it is a little bit different. I think that definitely is part of it, that we’re just a younger team.”
While the Eagles took more shots in the second half with eight, they actually got more shots on goal against the wind in the first half (three), than with the wind (one).
Just 20 seconds into the half, Madison Sallas hit a shot just wide of the post. A shot by Sallas later in the half from outside the box just sailed over the bar. Without the wind, it might have tucked inside the top corner.
Bacon had a shot blocked by a defender at the corner of the 6-yard box early in the half.
A mistake by goalkeeper Keeli Shearer proved costly for SCA in the 56th minute.
Shearer came off her line to challenge a breaking Cathy Rometti, but she took her out after Rometti took a touch away from goal. Rometti converted the penalty kick for a 2-1 Stags advantage.
Bishop Miege added a third goal just 20 seconds away from the final whistle. Merritt Vaughn finished a cross from the corner inside the right side net.
After taking on Maranatha May 8, the Eagles have one game left before postseason play, a rematch of a 2-2 draw against Lutheran on May 15.
“I always look at a loss as a learning experience,” Siemsen said. “I think for the girls just making a little bit of switches in their thinking and their communication is what we learned today. On corner kicks we saw we had a little bit of a weakness there, but we’ll be able to come out to practice and fix those things and set up a little bit differently.”