MT. VERNON – Marion's girls soccer team consistently dominated possession in a 4-0 win against the Lady Rams.
“They didn't do anything I didn't expect them to do,” Mt. Vernon coach Jeff Harrison said. “I knew who their players were, and they played well. They're great with possession.”
The start of the game was delayed about 30 minutes because of lightning.
Marion controlled the flow of play in the opening half. The possession-based style of play didn't lead to any shots in the first 20 minutes but did force Mt. Vernon's defenders into constant chasing in an attempt to win the ball back.
“We were able to go at them a bit to try and make penetrating through balls,” Marion coach Bart Orso said. “Also when they did have the ball, we applied a lot of pressure.”
Mt. Vernon's offense mustered a pair of shots on goal in the game. Both came in the first half. Five minutes into the game, Taylor McGowen boomed a long free kick on goal, but the shot was saved. Mt. Vernon's striker Whitney Warner also dribbled the ball deep into Marion's end. But her shot went high of the goal.
The Lady Wildcats tallied two goals in the opening half. Both came off set pieces. Marion played the ball short on a corner kick. Taylor McGowen cleared Marion's initial shot off the goal line, but Shelby Shotton fired the rebound past Paisley Stewart.
“They're just very skilled players,” Harrison said. “Whatever it is that you take away, they've got an alternative to that. So they'll take whatever option is open.”
The second goal started with a free kick and ended with an Emily Lowery header past Stewart.
Marion added to its advantage in the second half. Alia Abu-Douleh scored on a header six minutes into action to make the score 3-0. Emily Dickman scored from the top of the penalty with a shot for Marion's final goal.
Stewart finished the game with one save for the Lady Rams.
Mt. Vernon is 3-5-1 this season and Marion improved to 8-2.