GHS girls fall to Polar Bears, but defeat Point Pleasant

FAIRMONT – The Grafton High School girls soccer team (6-7-1) traveled to Fairmont last Thursday night, and played one of their best games of the season. The Lady Cats gave it their all, but a slow rolling soccer ball was the difference in the match, as the Polar Bears went on to win 1—0.

The only goal scored in the contest came during a scramble in the box that was not cleared by GHS, and during the scramble the ball slowly rolled over the goal line.

Even though the Cats did not score a goal, they had 16 shots against Fairmont Senior. Ally Peters led the team with nine shots, followed by Sarah Snider with three.

The remaining shots came from Maggie Dickey, Emily Knotts (2) and Kaycie Cochran.

Kadie Dunham and Morgan Griffith led the defense with two steals apiece, while Dickey and Micah Collins accounted for two more.

In goal for the Lady Cats was Katie Grinnan, who was credited with six saves on the night.

“This was our most complete and dynamic game as we played with energy and passion,” said head coach Lorraine Isner. “We made excellent decisions, maintaining our shape and spacing. Our game was creative and purposeful.  Our defending put pressure on them creating mistakes for 25 intercepts, 6 steals and 5 corners,” she added.

On Saturday, the girls were once again on the road, but this time they a little farther away as they had an afternoon battle at Point Pleasant.

The Cats were a little sluggish in the first half, but found their groove in the second, coming away with a 2—1 victory.

The first goal for Bearcats came at the 32-minute mark in the first half, as Peters found the back of the net from long range to give the Cats a 1—0 advantage.

The second and winning goal for the Lady Cats came in the second half, as Snider put a rebound by the Point Pleasant goalie.

The Cats had 17 shots in the contest, with Peters accounting for six of them.

The remaining shots came off the feet of Dickey, Snider (2), Knotts, Cochran (3), Rachel McKinney and Madie Summers.

The defense added five more steals to their season totals. Peters led the team with two steals, while Micah Collins, Snider and Savanah Carter added one apiece.

“We struggled in the first half, not moving well off the ball and they (Point Pleasant) did a good job beating us to space and putting pressure with two defenders,” said Coach Isner. “While we dominated the possession time and controlled the game, we did not finish our attacks well.  Ally had a nice long range shot that she placed well over the keeper in the first half. Sarah out hustled a defender to get a rebound off of another shot by Ally and delivered a nice shot inside the near post,” she added.

The girls will be back home on Tuesday night, as they host North Marion at 6:00 p.m.

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