In a game that featured two top teams in the OK Gold this match would not disappoint at all. The trojans came into this game with 3 losses in the OK gold. Each of those losses were by one goal. “I keep telling the girls we are so close to getting it all figured out. We are playing great soccer but it is just one or two breakdowns a game that are costing us,” said Coach Strickland. “If we can fix that then I think there girls can make a deep run in the tournament.” The trojans would be on the end of another 1 goal loss in what would be a hard fought game.
FHE opened up the scoring and dominating possession when Riley Michaels scored at the 12:43 mark. A loose ball in the box found her feet and she poked it past a defender and the Trojan keeper to put FHE up 1-0.
From there the trojans would settle in and controlled possession for the remainder of the half. With the ball only seeing the trojans defensive end a few more times they seemed to have things figured out and it would only be a matter of time before scoring the equalizer. That goal came at the 26:11 mark when the midfielder Tess Scheidel played a great ball into the box and found Kylie Adams. Adams got her foot on the ball for a 1 touch up and over the keepers head.
The trojans would continue to dominate the 1st half and saw many opportunities sail just wide and high. With some great goal keeping from FHE the score would remain 1-1 at halftime.
The second half would see more of the trojans controlling the game. Outshooting FHE 22-12 this would be a game that would prove things don’t always go your way. With many great changes the trojans couldn’t seem to find the back of the net. It was Michaels again that ruined the trojans day after a ball was cleared by the trojans out of their box. The ball would land at Michael’s feet where she riffled a shot past the trojan keeper. This would be end up being the game winner.
Despite the loss the trojans played a solid defensive game lead by Junior Kassidy Niles. “Niles is our rock in the back and she is our only returning starting defender from last season. She plays a huge role for this team and she played great tonight along with the other defenders against one of the best forwards we see all year” said Strickland.
TK’s midfield played a huge role in controlling possession of the ball keeping it away from FHE for 57 minutes and 5 seconds of the game. Scheidel, Possett and Ellie Adams are a huge reason for that possession. “When those three work together and don’t do it as individuals then the sky is the limit for our team.” said Coach Strickland.
TK travels to Wyoming on Wednesday as play their final regular season game of the year.