Girls fall to EHS 2-0
Whitehall’s late flurry of opportunities against Emmaus in last Friday’s girls soccer game demonstrated how staying determined throughout the match will benefit them as they finish out their remaining schedule en route to the postseason.
They lost 2-0 to the Green Hornets, but they played well in the second half, generating a number of scoring chances, most notably Kassidy Cunningham’s acrobatic boot that looked like it would tuck high inside the right hand corner of the goal, but a leaping stab by goalkeeper Alexa Ryan kept the Zephyrs off the board at the 8:12 mark.
Later in the half, Kylie Saliby’s lead pass to Kassidy Cunningham looked as if a breakaway might develop, but Ryan came out and scooped up the ball before Cunningham was able to get her foot on it.
The Zephs also earned a number of corners late in the game, but they couldn’t get anything through Emmaus’ swarming defense, dropping their record to 10-3-1. The loss ended their eight-game winning streak.
Head coach Chris Bleam said that Emmaus is a good team that relies on their experience as well as their physical talent.
“For us to compete against a team that’s a little bit better athletically and more physically mature than we are, because we have so many young kids out there, we need to capitalize on every opportunity we get,” said Bleam. “And we also need to create some opportunities through dynamic movement without the ball.”
Bleam said that they failed to do that in the first half.
“We were flat; we were dead,” said Bleam.
He also said that Emmaus deserves credit as well for shutting them down which led to their frustration. However, that changed in the second half when he saw a lot of energy out of his players who took it upon themselves to compete in the second half.
“That’s growth, and that’s what you need to do to get ready for the postseason,” said Bleam.
The Green Hornets got on the board with a goal from Mackenzie Grant in the first half, and then extended their lead with Kellie Reith’s goal in the final period.
Forward Kate Bonshak who provides a lot of their offensive firepower had to leave the game early with an injury. She said that their inability to generate a lot of early scoring chances was due in part to Emmaus taking them out of their normal game. While the Green Hornets made it tough, a lot of their difficulty was also self-inflicted.
“I just don’t think it was our game for a lot of our team,” said Bonshak. “We weren’t doing what we usually do well. I just think we were struggling, and we couldn’t really figure out what we were struggling with.”
In order to be successful, Bonshak said that they must play up to their potential and get back to the things they were doing during their winning streak.
Bonshak knows that they could have done better, but in the end, it just wasn’t their game.
The Zephyrs close out the season with games against Allentown Central Catholic and Parkland this week.