After a stellar first half defensively, Evergreen couldn’t keep up with the pressure visiting Cardinal Stritch was putting on the defense and the result was a 3-1 win by the Cardinals over the Vikings Saturday in non-league girls soccer.
The game went scoreless through the first half, but that changed just 2 minutes and 41 seconds into the second half when the Cardinals quickly broke through for a goal. The Cardinals added a second goal off a corner kick with 33:27 left to play to quickly take a 2-0 lead.
“The saga of our season has been second-half play,” noted Evergreen coach Joshua Radel. “We had a conversation at halftime about finishing the game. Unfortunately we came out flat right away.”
Stritch added to the quick flurry with another goal with 24:19 to play for its third goal.
“The kids hung their heads down,” admitted Radel after the third goal. “But I was proud of them, they did finally get the heads back up. This is one we thought we could get.”
The game stayed that way until Asia Gensch put the Vikings on the board with a penalty kick with 9:30 to play.
The penalty kick was the second of the game for Gensch. She had a chance late in the first half after she was taken down in the box.
“That definitely would have given us some momentum,” Radel said on the chance of scoring in the first half. “It would have energized the girls tremendously. I think going in at the half 0-0 they felt a little defeated.”
The Evergreen defense made a couple solid plays early in the game to keep the Cardinals off the scoreboard before the Vikings got going on offense. The Vikings tried to attack from the corner, but the Cardinals deflected the ball away.
“We’ve been working on a lot of new things with our defense,” added Radel. “They did a tremendous job today.”
Cardinal Stritch outshot Evergreen 11-4 in the contest.
Evergreen (2-4) is in Northwest Ohio Athletic League play Tuesday at Liberty Center.