The Eisenhower Girls Soccer team has come a long way, according to coach James Brannon. He was very impressed with his team in its match with Smethport, which ended in a 0-0 tie on Saturday afternoon at Eisenhower high school.
In overtime, Eisenhower showed the Smethport girls team their newfound drive by keeping the ball on their opponents' turf for the most part, even opening up a few scoring chances for the Knights.
"The game was very exciting, and it's great to see these girls increasing their confidence levels," said Brannon. He mentioned a few spotlight performances from Sydney Wallin, Kelsie Morine and Hayleigh Hishman who were crucial in maintaining Eisenhower possession and the multiple score attempts for the Knights.
Times Observer photo by Eric Zavinski
Battle for possession
Eisenhower’s Hayleigh Hishman looks for position during a 0-0 tie on Saturday against visiting Smethport.
Hayleigh Hishman (2)
"Kearsten Maine also stepped up her game on defense today and was a great help as sweeper for the Knights," he added. "Today was so close, but we have a couple games left, and I know we can get even better."
With juts one win and two ties, the Lady Knights face Maplewood, a team they tied earlier, at 4 p.m. Monday at Eisenhower High School.
Eisenhower 4, Smethport 1
Eisenhower ended its season with a win on Saturday, 4-1 over Smethport at Eisenhower High School.
Trailing 1-0 after five corner kicks did not produce a goal for Eisenhower, Josh Eernisse won the ball from a defender and beat the keeper to tie the score midway through the first half. About a minute later, Eernisse passed a ball through the defense to Casey Vincent for his first of two scores on the game.
Later in the half, Vincent hung a ball in the box for Jake Harvey to finish for a 3-1 halftime lead.
Vincent's second score came in the second half - the second match he has had two scores, after being goalie for much of the season.
"I think we dominated possession," said Eisenhower coach Matt Decker, whose Knights ended the season 6-9-1 overall. "I would like to see us play better a couple of games, but in three of the games if we score in regulation, our record is 9-7. Hopefully we gained some experience and next year we can eliminate those ... little mistakes."
Eisenhower graduates four seniors, Erik Daugharthy, Ricky Zortman, Michael Spencer and Cody McMillen.
"It was good to see the seniors win the last game on our field to go off on a high note," said Decker.