MT. VERNON —
The Lady Rams engaged in a 70-minute soccer stalemate with Harrisburg on Saturday.
Harrisburg finally broke through against Mt. Vernon and scored with about 10 minutes remaining. Kelsey Hobbs found some space and fired a shot past Mt. Vernon goalie Amelia Quinn with 10:26 left in the game. The shot was the different in a 1-0 Harrisburg victory.
“That was a nice shot, nice finish,” Mt. Vernon coach Jim Duncan said. “She got a nice angle on the shot.”
Despite the goal, the Lady Rams showed improvement against Harrisburg. Several weeks ago, the Lady Rams traveled to Harrisburg and lost 3-0.
“I think in that second half at Harrisburg, we were gassed,” Duncan said of the matchup earlier this season. “We were shot. It seems like we're getting a little better pace on ourselves, a little more conditioned as the season goes along I think that kind of thing happens. I think we held out a lot better this game condition-wise.”
Mt. Vernon had a good offensive chance with time winding down in the opening half. With less than five minutes remaining in the half, Kirsten McGowen lofted a ball near the Harrisburg goal. Alexandria Pigg hovered, waiting for any mistake from goalie Alexis Bishop, but Bishop caught the ball cleanly.
“I liked our chances in the first half,” Duncan said. “We had several times the ball was in our attacking third. So I liked our chances there, but in the second half we had a little trouble pushing the ball across (the) half (line).”
Outside of the goal, Mt. Vernon's defensive back four of Dava Smith, Kirsten McGowen, Kaydee Dycus and Colleen Ashby limited the Harrisburg attack for most of the game.
“Those four are working real well together,” Duncan said.
Mt. Vernon is 1-9-2 this season.