By Murray Gleffe
ASHWAUBENON- The Jaguars girls soccer team dropped a 4-0 decision to the Oshkosh North Spartans in a game played at Goelz Field (May 5).
What was originally supposed to be a tournament at Broadview Soccer Complex turned into a single matchup between FRCC and FVA foes due to heavy rains the last couple of days.
The Jaguars quickly gave up a goal just 3:34 into the game when Spartans forward Saige Turner booted in a shot from just eight yards out.
The home team couldn’t muster much of an offensive attack for the better part of the first half thanks in large part to the Spartans defense and goalkeeping.
The Spartans struck again at 20:41 when Ruby Salbego curved a right footed shot in from 27 yards out to give them a 2-0 lead.
Midfielders Erica Conrad and Haley Ehmke each got long distance shots off before the half but each time they were corralled.
The Jaguars were outshot 12-5 in half number one and knew they needed to generate more offense in the second half if they were going to claw back from a two-goal deficit.
“We didn’t get off to the start we wanted,” said Rick Kremer, Jaguars Girls Soccer Coach. “We had some issues not getting back quick enough to help our goalkeeper out. I thought if we could have scored once before the half we would been right there with them.”
Ashwaubenon had their best scoring opportunity of the afternoon a couple of minutes into half number two when Ehmke got behind the Spartans defense and cruised in on goal.
Her blast knocked the goalkeeper down but somehow when she got up she had the ball in her hands!
Things didn’t get any better for the Jaguars when goalkeeper Breanna Adamczak got run into and suffered a leg injury with over 35 minutes remaining.
Backup goaltender Sela Kreiling came into the game in relief.
Later in the game, the Spartans added to their lead when the Jaguars back line broke down in the goal area and the road team was awarded a penalty kick.
Ellie Lieder capitalized on the free kick to make it 3-0 with just a little over 15 minutes left.
The Spartans tallied one late goal to take the game 4-0.
For the game, the Jaguars were outshot 25-10.
“Obviously, having Bree go out of the game with an injury hurt us, but we need to put the ball into the back of the net if we are going to be in games,” added Kremer. “We didn’t generate the scoring chances we needed to win this game.What most people forget is we are still a very young team. Our time will come.”
The Jaguars will be in action next Tuesday (May 8) when they travel to take on the Pulaski Red Raiders.
Ashwaubenon 0, 0 0
Oshkosh North 2, 2 4