Lady Saints drop game to Barstow
Emile Sandven scored with just over a minute left in the second overtime, and the Saint Paul Lady Saints soccer team edged Pleasant Hill 2-1 at home last week Tuesday.
But the Lady Saints dropped their second game of the season 5-2 to KC Barstow last Wednes-day.
The Lady Saints got back on track Monday with a 7-0 victory at KC East.
Saint Paul 2, Pleasant Hill 1, 2 OT
After a scoreless first half, where SPLHS head coach Luther Schmidt said the Lady Saints played "sluggishly," play picked up in the latter half of the second half.
In the 23rd minute, Emile Sandven sent across a centering pass to Elin Mikkelsen, who drilled a shot past the Pleasant Hill goalkeeper.
"We kept giving ourselves opportunities, but the shots were just a little off, including two off the post in the last minute," Schmidt said.
"The second half, we really dominated play, but continued to just be off on our shooting. As far as field play went, we played well."
But Pleasant Hill tied the score with five minutes left in regulation on a counter attack.
"They made us pay on the one good look we gave them," Schmidt said.
The first overtime, the Lady Saints had more chances but misfired.
"The second OT, they kind of took it to us," Schmidt said. "But miracle of all miracles, they kind of handed it to us."
On a counter attack with a minute and a half left, the Lady Saints played a long ball into the box. The Lady Chicks suffered miscommunication between their keeper and a defender "and Sandven was right there to knock it in," Schmidt said.
Saint Paul had 22 shots to 14 for the Lady Chicks. Dana Peters made 11 saves in net.
The two junior varsity teams tied 0-0, Leah Hoffman making 13 saves in net for the Lady Saints.
KC Barstow 5, Saint Paul 2
"We knew this would be a good test for us as Barstow returned a lot from a Final Four team," Schmidt said.
Making the challenge more uphill, the Lady Saints lost the coin flip, so they had to go into the teeth of a strong wind the first half.
"I underestimated it, and we played straight up into the wind, rather than just bunkering in, trying to limit the damage," Schmidt said.
As a result, Barstow scored goals in the eighth, 18th and 24th minutes.
"It looked like we might get out (of the first half) only down 3-0 until they got a goal in the last minute on a nice individual effort from their all-stater Katie Sloan," Schmidt said.
The Lady Saints turned around their fortunes early in the second half. In the sixth minute, Kristina Oeystese knocked in a shot from 18 yards out.
Ten minutes later, Samantha Mueller found Marita Sandven, who scored.
"At this point, though, Bar-stow just pulled everybody back on defense and worked on holding the lead," Schmidt said.
"We just couldn 't seem to get any shots to get in to make a serious challenge."
Barstow raced out on a counter attack with four minutes left, and the Lady Saints were called for a foul just outside the box.
"They lofted a shot into the wind that we kind of got fooled on that proved to be the (final) nail in (our) coffin," Schmidt said.
Peters made eight saves in net for SPLHS.
Saint Paul 7, KC East 0
The Lady Saints moved their overall record to 14-2 with the victory.
On a hot and windy day, "we rotated a lot to try to keep fresh," Schmidt said.
SPLHS, missing six seniors due to senior trip, built a 4-0 lead by halftime, despite playing into a strong wind.
"Since we were playing into the wind, we talked about moving the ball with short passes," Schmidt said. "This seemed to focus us, and we possessed (the ball) really well."
Mikkelsen got the Lady Saints on the board first in the 13th minute of the first half off a feed from Emile Sandven.
Oeystese scored next in the 16th minute ricocheting a shot off a KC East defender.
Oeystese scored again in the 32nd minute off of a Marita Sandven pass.
Molly Rolan completed the first-half scoring in the final minute off of a pass from Nicole Mueller.
Marita Sandven scored the Lady Saints' first two goals of the second half in the eighth and 22nd minutes off of passes from Samantha Heiselman and Mik-kelsen.
Rolan ended the scoring in the 36th minute off of a pass from Hadley Rolf.
Hoffman made five saves in the shutout.