ERIE - "They played very well tonight," said Kevin Weigel of Eisenhower's 3-1 loss at Fairview on Wednesday.
"Fairview is a very good team," said Weigel, whose Knights are 0-2-1. "I think our girls dug in and are developing positioning and staying on their marks defensively."
Offensively, Fairview was on the attack on all game, scoring two quick goals in the first half before a beautiful counter-attack from the Lady Knights.
Goalie Rachel Dinger, who had 28 saves in the match, including several diving saves, actually recorded an assist for Eisenhower. Dinger came out to the top of the 18-yard mark, sent a bot 40 or so yards upfield to Taylor Talasky, who sprinted to the ball and took it to the left side of the net for a 2-1 deficit.
Fairview led 3-1 at halftime, but Ike kept Fairview scoreless for the last 50 minutes of the 80-minute match.
"They just worked their tails off," said Weigel. "They are starting to understand what it takes to play against the better competition."
Offensively, Eisenhower only had two shots on goal.
Defensively, there were several outstanding performances, including sweeper Brooke Stanton, Bizz Baran and Kourtney Knapp on the outside and Erica Littlefield at stopper.
Littlefield, Baran and Stanton each played all 80 minutes.
Taylor Talasky also defended well at midfield and Courtney Jewell, Jackie Talasky and Alyssa Gray "played the majority of minutes and really played well," said Weigel.