Glendale Falcons – 2
Lebanon Yellowjackets – 0
In a tight game, worthy of a District Final, it was the Falcon’s full-court press that ultimately made the biggest difference. Scoreless at halftime, Glendale finally penetrated the Yellowjackets defense in the 48th minute when sophomore Lindsey Sprouse was able to beat a defender and break down the left hand side into the corner. Turning a second defender, she drove a low hard cross into the six yard box where freshman Emily Cline was charging. The ball caromed off a Lebanon defender and into the net as she attempted to deal with both challenges.
The result seemingly was sealed in the 70th when Sprouse scored on a cracker jack header, the ball drawn to her as if on a string, after junior Jeni Frewin did all of the hard work. Frewin has distinguished herself this season as a forward both comfortable and highly capable of working with her back to the goal, with Lebanon’s Brianna Ragains as the one other example I can think of. She created the second goal when she deftly received the ball and turned her defender as she broke into the box on the left side. The Yellowjackets responded to the initial challenge and forced her wide but Frewin, Sprouse and Cline don’t allow defenses to rest. In this case, it was her second effort that allowed her to get a cross off that Sprouse simply redirected into the net before the keeper or defender could react.
It was not a safe lead. The Yellowjackets have spent the season reaching for the level the felt they deserved and the Falcons knew it. From the resulting restart, and over the final ten minutes, Lebanon created as many opportunities as they had in the previous 70. Senior Rachel Duckworth and the defense responded, first as Duckworth had to range to her right to push a ball wide and minutes later, diving to keep a ball out. Lebanon was not able to get numbers into the box consistently this evening however. Senior goalkeeper Abby Roam played a key role in giving them the opportunity to potentially upset their higher ranked opponent, twice denying Lorin Opfer on set pieces in the box, including a fine reaction save in stoppage time in the first half.
The Yellowjackets finish x-y, reaching their second straight District 11 final. They won’t sneak up on anyone next year and have a midfield that can match any in the region with Glidden, Boyer and LeFors returning. It promises to keep getting better folks!
The Sectional game between Ozark and Glendale will be Tuesday May 20th at Cooper Soccer Complex,
game time is 6:30 pm. See you there! FROM THE GLENDALE SOCCER WEBSITE – The match is scheduled for 6:30pm, but Glendale’s graduation is at 8:00pm. The game will be moved to an earlier time, but it is unlikely that we will have the details arranged before Monday.