MT. VERNON — The Lady Rams soccer team lost 1-0 to Massac County on Thursday night.
Both team split possession throughout the game and had five shots on goal each.
“We're trying to improve from game to game for the tournament at the end of the year,” Mt. Vernon coach Jim Duncan said. “And what we wanted to do today since we hadn't been able to do it in practice since we can't go 11 on 11, is just shift a lot of girls around in a lot of positions, find out where our strengths are and where our weaknesses are.”
Madalina Overstreet generated the best offensive chances of the game for the Lady Rams. The junior forward broke free midway through the opening half of action, but her shot was saved. Then in the second half with the Lady Rams down a goal, Overstreet again found some space away from the defense. Her shot was again saved.
“We had two good opportunities to score, I thought,” Duncan said. “The other three (shots) probably weren't hard shots, but two of them were really good breakaways.
“It was a pretty even game, but I knew coming in that's one of the parts we would have to work on was in the attacking third.”
The most fluid moments of passing and movement for the Lady Rams came in the last 10 minutes of the opening half. Mt. Vernon strung several passes together during portions of the waning minutes of the half.
Massac County interrupted the Lady Rams rhythm just before the break. The Lady Patriots' Laken Hoyer shook free from the Mt. Vernon defense and knocked a shot past Mt. Vernon goalie Amelia Quinn two minutes before the break.
Quinn finished with five saves in goal for the Lady Rams.
“She's got more confidence than she had last year,” Duncan said. “But in order to make her a complete player, if we can work on her kicks. That will cause her confidence to soar a little bit better also, and she's going to do nothing but get better every game.”