July 24, 2016

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Girls soccer: Bucks tie Wooster

YORK TWP. — The Buckeye girls soccer team’s match Saturday against Wooster brought a range of emotions. In 80 minutes, the Bucks showed frustration, disappointment, relief, joy and, finally, desperation.
As the non-league game ended 1-1, Buckeye settled for mixed emotion.
The Bucks (3-0-1) looked like the better team and took control early. Corrinne Phillips opened the opportunities, forcing a save from Wooster goalkeeper Macie Meade. The rebound landed at the feet of Kayla Glancy, but her follow-up hit the bar.
Minutes later, Sophia Barnes received the ball wide and looked to the goal. Her shot went just wide of the frame.
The off-target shot set a theme for the night.
“One thing we’ve worked on is finishing,” Buckeye coach Bud Roberts said. “Tonight we were either trying to kill the ball or we placed it right at the keeper. As the season goes on, I hope that gets better.”
Despite the Buckeye pressure, Wooster showed threats on the counterattack. A long-range shot from Lauren Taylor gave Buckeye goalkeeper Hannah Stacy little trouble. Buckeye’s defense made clean work of a cross from Sydney Sleek, clearing the ball out of danger.
Buckeye had its best effort of the first half off a Fallon Joyce corner kick with 20 minutes left. Joyce’s kick bounced back to her after a poor clearance. Her cross found the head of Norah Barnes. A diving effort from Meade kept the ball out of the net.
Then Wooster opened the scoring 13 minutes before halftime. Alexis Sheely gathered the ball when Buckeye failed to clear a corner. She found Brianna Copola in the box, who fired a shot toward goal. Stacy got a hand on the ball but could not stop the shot.
The Generals carried momentum into the second half with an early chance near goal. Sheely beat her defender to play Taylor. A poor ball from Taylor killed the attack.
Five minutes in, Wooster had an opportunity to double its lead. A challenge from Allison Wilk knocked Sheely down in the box, giving the Generals a penalty kick. Sheely stepped to the spot. Her shot went wide right to the relief of Buckeye.
The Bucks continued to pressure the Wooster defense with little success finding a finish. The game turned chippy as the half progressed. Physical challenges on both sides led to many whistles and stoppages.
Finally, the Bucks cashed in on an opportunity. A Lexie Thomas free kick from 30 yards looped over Meade’s head and into the far side of the goal. The Bucks evened the score with 10 minutes left.
“I just looked for the backside post,” Thomas said.
With time running out, the game got bogged down in the midfield. Buckeye had one last chance in the final moments. A corner kick scrambled the Bucks into the box, but the clock hit zero before it could be taken.
“We had the opportunities,” Roberts said. “I would’ve liked for us to take one of them, but I can’t complain about the effort. Starting 3-0-1, I’ll take it.”
Contact Jonathan Huff at sports@medina-gazette.com.
Buckeye 1, Wooster 1
WOOSTER           1  0  —  1
BUCKEYE            0  1  —  1
W — Brianna Copola (Alexis Sheely), 13:09.
B — Lexie Thomas, 10:05.
Shots on goal — Wooster 4, Buckeye 8. Corner kicks — Wooster 2, Buckeye 4. Saves — Macie Meade (W) 7, Hannah Stacy (B) 3. Records — Wooster (2-2-1), Buckeye (3-0-1). Junior varsity — Buckeye 0, Wooster 0.

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