By Mary Granath Posted September 9, 2008
The Lady Bucks varsity soccer team put up a good fight on Tuesday, September 9 against the Spring Creek Spartans.
The Bucks played the Spartans two weeks ago at the Elko Tournament where they fell 6-0. Spring Creek won 6-3 this Tuesday; however, this loss was still something to build upon stated coach Jose Sapien.
The team lost to the Spartans in Elko 6-0, so being able to score against Spring Creek shows that they are making progress. The first half of the match was a violent game of tug-of-war with the score going back and forth between the teams. Becky Noonan of the Lady Bucks scored the first goal against the Spartans just a few minutes into the first half. However, Spring Creek evened the score only seconds later.
Even with solid play from goal-keeper, Autumn Chapman, the Lady Bucks defense allowed five goals in the first half. The Bucks pulled within two goals when forward Stephanie Tolbert scored a goal near the end of the first half. Tolbert scored again minutes later when a mishandled ball from the Spartan’s goal-keeper left a shot wide open.
The goal was set up when Hannah Hammon shot from the top of the box but her attempt to score was blocked by the opposing goal-keeper who then dropped the ball leaving Tolbert with a clear shot. Tolbert’s second goal pulled Lowry within striking distance, 4-3 The Spartans scored one more goal before the end of the first half.
In the second half Lowry’s defense, now led by Ashley Okuma as goalkeeper, tightened up allowing only one goal near the beginning of the half. However, the Bucks were unable to score during the second half.
Coach Sapian emphasized the need to work on defense. The Lady Bucks will be back in action on September 11 with an away game at Incline.