For 30 minutes, neither Stadium nor Wilson could break through against each other in their early-season soccer clash, despite each getting good looks at goal. Then, the Tigers took control with three goals in just over 20 minutes of play, as senior Emily Wood struck twice to help Stadium gain an eventual 4-1 win over the Rams at Stadium Bowl on Sept. 11.
“I was very happy with the attitude for sure,” said Stadium head coach Lyndon Harrhy. “I thought the girls worked hard in all departments. We defended well, we worked as a team well when we didn’t have the ball and when we did.”
Wilson appeared to take an early lead in the 19th minute when Perry Henricksen drove in a well-struck chip forward by Kailey Norling, but Henricksen was ruled offside. The Tigers finally notched the first score when senior defender Bailey Edwards made a run downfield and drew a handball in the box in the 29th minute, and sophomore Joyce Jensen slotted the penalty kick in the right netting.
“She’s just a good decision maker,” said Harrhy of Edwards. “She knows when to stay, she knows when to go. If she sees that gap she’ll run for that gap.”
The Tigers struck again early in the second half, as Wood ran down a through ball in the 46th minute, dribbled around keeper Danielle Rhea and slotted a ball into an open net. She gave Stadium a commanding 3-0 lead five minutes later, heading a cross by Jensen into the left netting.
“I don’t know, for some reason I just felt on tonight,” Wood said. “It was exciting.”
The Rams answered with their only goal four minutes later, as forward Brittainy Canonica drove a brilliant shot over keeper Jordan Sallee from 40 yards out.
But Stadium stole back momentum and sealed the game in the 59th minute, as Kristi Williams sent in a cross that bounced around to the foot of Emma Lynch, who drove it in to make it 4-1.
The loss puts the Rams at 0-1, while Stadium got a boost of confidence as they sit at 1-0-1 heading into league play.
“We really work together as a team, we’re really good at communicating,” Wood said. “We just gel, we’re really close. It’s different from previous years.”