St. Clair’s girls soccer home opener was a memorable one Tuesday against Pacific.
The two teams played 100 minutes of scoreless soccer before the Lady Bulldogs (1-4-1, 1-1) won the Four Rivers Conference game on penalty kicks for a 1-0 victory.
“It’s our first win over Pacific in the history of our girls soccer program,” said St. Clair Head Coach Ted Koenigsfeld. “The girls were excited to get our first win of the season over Pacific, a strong team that didn’t lose much from last year. Every year, it seems like our conference games always are a battle.”
Following 80 minutes of regulation, there were two scoreless 10-minute sudden death overtime periods.
“We had several scoring opportunities, especially late in the second half and in overtime,” Koenigsfeld said. “We made some changes that seemed to give us a spark.”
The outcome was determined on penalty kicks, where St. Clair outscored Pacific, 3-2.
“We controlled the ball most of the game and pressured St. Clair’s defense hard. We just couldn’t finish,” said Pacific Head Coach Sarah Schultz. “I was very pleased with how well my girls played together and worked the ball down the field.”
Scoring penalty kick goals for the Lady Bulldogs were Ally Smiley, Heather Pendegraft and Kylie Schroeder, who scored the game-winner.
Morgan Webb and Tessa Tomnitz scored the penalty kicks for Pacific (0-2, 0-1).
“Pacific missed its fifth shot and Kylie made our fifth shot to give us the win,” Koenigsfeld said. “Our girls showed a lot of heart. It was our fifth game in five days with only one day of rest. We were tired and beat up, but did a great job to get the win.”
Sam Deason played the entire game in goal for St. Clair.
“Sam has done a great job for us so far this season,” Koenigsfeld said. “She’s matured a lot as a player since last year and really understands the game.”
Sydney Drysdale was in goal for Pacific.
“Sydney played in a tough position as our goalie,” Schultz said. “She gave all her heart.”
Koenigsfeld said it was a solid defensive effort.
“Our entire defense played well. Heather Pendegraft, Amanda Herman, Courtney Welch and Veronica Guerra all did their job well,” Koenigsfeld said. “I really like how our entire team came into the season in good shape and eager to get started. Their attitudes have been great. The girls have played with a lot of fire.”