July 25, 2016

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Girls soccer: Loss gives Highland extra motivation

Highland’s Mari Ley battles for the ball with Olmsted Falls Taylor Hurt in the first half. (AARON JOSEFCZYK / GAZETTE)

Highland’s Mari Ley battles for the ball with Olmsted Falls Taylor Hurt in the first half. (AARON JOSEFCZYK / GAZETTE)

GRANGER TWP. — Sometimes the best thing to do after a loss is to get back on the field.

That was the case for Highland’s girls soccer team, which bounced back from a bitter three-goal setback earlier this week by taking out its frustrations on Olmsted Falls in the form of a 5-0 non-league victory Wednesday night.

“It was definitely a big win for us because we finally got our rhythm going,” said senior forward Maggie Mae Everett, who had a goal and assist. “To finally get rolling, what you saw tonight is just going to keep getting better because I have complete confidence in this team.”

After a 6-3 loss to Kent Roosevelt on Monday, the Hornets (1-1) were able to completely wash out that bad taste by dominating the midfield and putting together an attack that got better as the game went on.

The extra energy was evident on a handful of early offsides calls before Everett put away a goal midway through the first half off a nice feed from Elle Cain.

Cain later drew a foul that gave way to Lauren Tecco converting a penalty kick for a two-goal lead that deflated the Bulldogs (0-2).

“It was just refreshing to have this bounce-back game and see the things that you work on in practice just come alive,” Highland coach Gina Fox said. “The speed of play was a lot better (than Monday) and 50-50 balls, making everything count, and keeping possession and creating in the attack were a lot better.”

The Hornets put 10 of their 14 shots on goal and drew a whopping 10 corner kicks, converting one into a goal when Everett delivered a perfectly placed ball to the foot of Bailey Sauer.

“I took the corner and I saw Bailey at the top and aimed for it,” Everett said. “She just came in on a great run and finished it.”

The good times continued as Daniella Delfino and Kaitlyn Lafayette scored within eight minutes of each other to cap an efficient night in the offensive third.

“We were able to see the gaps in their team and try and find the through-ball, but a lot of it is knowing your personnel,” Everett said. “We just know each other so well that, when it came to offense tonight, especially after what happened the other day, we all came out with a vengeance and turned it up a notch.”

Many of those efficient runs came in the second half when, despite the two-goal advantage, Highland came out determined.

That dominance led to limiting Olmsted Falls to a mere four shot attempts, two on goal. Junior goalkeeper Madison Less stopped both in 65 minutes before being relieved by senior Jasmine Prezenkowski.

“We rotated a lot more and had some fresh legs coming in to add to getting up in the attack,” Fox said. “It’s an old coaching saying that 2-0 is the most dangerous lead in soccer, so you always want those security goals.”


Highland avenged a 1-0 loss to Olmsted Falls last season.

• Due to a limited roster for the Bulldogs, there was no junior varsity game.

Contact Dan Brown at sports@medina-gazette.com.

Highland 5, Olmsted Falls 0
HIGHLAND 2 3 — 5
H — Maggie Mae Everett (Elle Cain), 21:52.
H — Lauren Tecco (penalty kick), 9:29.
H — Bailey Sauer (Everett), 31:08.
H — Daniella Delfino (Tecco), 29:37.
H — Kaitlyn Lafayette, 22:19.
Shots on goal — Olmsted Falls 2, Highland 10. Corner kicks — Olmsted Falls 0, Highland 10. Saves — Reilly Ferguson (OF) 5, Madison Less (H) 2, Jasmine Prezenkowski (H) 0. Records — Olmsted Falls (0-2), Highland (1-1).