Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

October 22, 2013

Gators hold off Lady Scotties

Glasgow Daily Times

BOWLING GREEN — It wasn’t exactly the way Kathy Jones wanted the match to turn out, but the Glasgow High School soccer coach wasn’t too upset with the way her team played against Greenwood on Tuesday in the semifinals of the Fourth Region Girls Soccer Tournament in Bowling Green.

The Lady Scotties couldn’t, unfortunately, find much offense and dropped a 4-0 decision to the Greenwood Lady Gators, one of the top soccer programs in the state. Greenwood will play Bowling Green on Thursday in the regional title match.

“I think if you looked at this team the last time we played Greenwood and then looked at us tonight, you would see a world of difference,” said Jones. “I would have liked to have seen a different result, but we really didn’t play too poorly. Greenwood is a very good team.”

“I thought we played well tonight and did what we had to do to get the win,” said Greenwood coach Lindsey Passaglia. “The girls stepped up tonight and got the job done.”

That they did. The Lady Gators kept the ball in the Glasgow end of the field for most of the first half. Greenwood was able to keep Glasgow goalie Allie Chapman quite busy, but the Lady Scotties never broke on defense through the first 10 minutes.

Greenwood finally got on the board in the 14th minute when Ellie Young scored on a free kick, placing a ball past Chapman into the upper corner. Young came back 10 minutes later to make it 2-0 with a goal from just outside the penalty box.

“Overall, I think our defense played pretty well. The first goal was just a great shot,” said Jones.

The two teams battled back and forth for the remainder of the first period with the Glasgow defense standing tall. Alexis Dewitt was, however, able to find an opening in the Lady Scotties’ defense late in the first half. A loose ball in front of the Glasgow goal came to her feet and she put it in the back of the net to make it 3-0 at the intermission.

“We thought we were playing a little too defensive in the first half, so we went a little more on the offensive side in the second half,” said Jones. “I have to give the girls credit. A lot of teams down 3-0 at the half to a team like Greenwood would have just folded and quit. We didn’t. We never gave up and that was good to see.”

“We knew about Megan Jones from select soccer and we knew what she could do,” Passaglia said. “She plays very hard, so we wanted to try and limit her touches.”

The second half was completely different than the first as neither team seemed to get many chances on goal.

Greenwood was able to put one more ball into the net when Madison Douglas got a shot by Chapman in the 54th minute to post the final 4-0 margin.

“It’s been a really good year. I think we’re 12-6-1,” Jones said. “Our ups and downs this year were opponent driven, but we had a lot of injuries and we had two starters out tonight. However, we’re a young team and I am looking forward to the next two or three years.”