The Scotties played an intense back-and-forth match with Owensboro Catholic on Saturday night, but the Aces were able to outlast Glasgow by a score of 2-1.
The game was tied at 1-1 with just 15 minutes left in the match until a costly foul by the Scotties gave the Aces a free penalty kick which they capitalized on.
“We know why we lost the game,” Coach Ken Mahung said. “We made two really rough, rookie defensive mistakes, and we have had a track record of that lately. We are literally handing goals to opponents. I’m sure each player is learning from these things that have happened.”
The first defensive mistake happened in the first half just 14 minutes into the game as Owensboro Catholic scored on a wide open header.
The Aces would go into the half still up 1-0. The Scotties had several excellent chances to score before the half, but they were never able to get the ball into the net.
“The most important thing is that when we made a mistake they punished us for it, but when they made a mistake, we didn’t (capitalize),” Coach Mahung said. “Good teams will punish you when you make a mistake. So tonight, they were better than us for sure.”
Glasgow’s offense finally had some success in the second half as senior Alex Elizalde scored on a header at the 23:30 mark thanks to an assist from freshman Brandon Mahung.
“We just run our system, and on this occasion I ended up scoring.” Elizalde said. “He kicked a perfect ball right over the defender’s head. I was just there and kept running with it.”
However, the Aces scored off the penalty kick shortly after. With just 15 minutes left in the match, Glasgow got a couple more looks at the goal. The offense just couldn’t find the back of the net again.
“As far as the game itself, all coaches agree that we played a fantastic game,” Coach Mahung said. “Our offense didn’t click, but the defense was solid. We definitely moved the ball tonight, but we couldn’t finish. We have some homework to do.”
Despite this loss in the Class A Tournament, Elizalde sees the game as a very positive experience for the Scotties.
“This game has opened our eyes,” Elizalde said. “This game has shown us that we can compete with teams from across the state. Before teams wouldn't even want to play us. Right now we are showing them what Glasgow is about.”
The loss bring the Scotties’ record to 9-3 on the season. Next up for Glasgow will be a rivalry showdown with Barren County Monday night at 5:30.
The Lady Scotties would face a similar outcome against Owensboro Catholic as the Lady Aces defeated Glasgow 2-1 in the girls Class A Tournament.
Despite being just 4-4-1 on the season, Owensboro Catholic showcased why they were one of the better teams in Class A as they controlled the ball for a majority of the game.
“After a really tough week it was really impressive to see the girls come out here and give everything they have in this game,” Coach Scott Zettlemoyer said. “Of course, it’s not the result we wanted, but we were playing against a really good Owensboro catholic team. Only loosing 2-1 is a pretty good accomplishment in my opinion.”
The score actually could have been a lot worse than 2-1 as the Lady Aces had several shots on goal in just the first 15 minutes alone. However, Lady Scottie goalkeeper Paige Burd was able to save every single strike from scoring.
“She is one of the best goal keepers in the region,” Coach Zettlemoyer said. “The first goal she really couldn’t do anything about it, and it was the same with the second goal. She made all the big saves that we needed her to make, and we expect a lot of big things out of her for the rest of the season.”
Glasgow finally got a score with 25 minutes left in the game after a defensive miscue from Owensboro Catholic provided Aubrey Phillips with an open net and her 14th goal of the season which leads the team.
“Anytime you have a player like Aubrey Phillips on the team its always a huge plus,” Coach Zettlemoyer said. “She is an extremely good talent. She works hard every day at it on and off the field, and I expect big things out of her because she is only a sophomore. She only has room to grow.”
The Lady Aces would take back the lead shortly after Phillips’ goal, and the Lady Scotties never got another scoring opportunity. They will be back in action Monday night as they travel to Clinton County to take on the Lady Bulldogs at 7 p.m.