Ike girls finish season on strong note

The Lady Knights ended their season on a positive note as eight different players found the back of the net in a 9-0 win over Oil City on Monday.

Terry Lee Talasky scored twice in the first 10 minutes to give Ike a comfortable lead early in the match. The Lady Knights were far from done, however, as Patricia Bortz was able to settle a ball in the box and beat the keeper easily at the 30-minute mark.

Aniela Gesing followed with a goal from outside the box not long after, and Lydia Giannini tacked on another goal to make it 5-0 Eisenhower going into the half.

Ten minutes into the second half, Julia Raventos got on the board with a goal from the left side and Rachel Frederick brought the mercy rule into play with her goal 62 minutes into the match.

With the clock running, Eisenhower tacked on two more as Savannah McKown and Tiffany Work both scored goals late in the second half. The Lady Knights finished with 32 shots on goal despite switching up positions deep into the match.

“That’s the way to end the season,” said Eisenhower coach James Brannon. “It was an improvement to our record – if I’m correct we finished 7-12-2 compared to 5-12-1 last year – so we’re taking small steps. With such a young team, that’s an excellent start.”

The Lady Knights played out the year with only two seniors on the roster in Work and defender Megan Wilson. Injuries to key players forced younger members of the team to take on a more prominent role as the season developed.

“Especially the freshmen with their inexperience, they were thrown right out there,” Brannon said. “Throughout the season they were controlling the ball better, looking up, learning awareness and anticipation which really comes down to experience. They really developed in terms of team unity and team spirit. That’s been a big part of it.”

Both the Eisenhower boys and girls soccer teams opted out of the District 10 playoffs, which begin later this week.