SIDNEY — The Sidney Lady Jackets suffered their first loss of the season Wednesday night in girls soccer action at the high school, losing to Centerville 2-0.
The verdict leaves the Lady Jackets at 4-1-1 overall heading into a match at Springfield on Saturday.
“We knew Centerville was going to give us a very tough game, but our goal was to try to take away their best players and make the rest of their team beat us,” said Sidney coach Stacey Goffena. “The defense gave a very strong effort in the first half and the game was tied 0-0 after 40. We didn’t have many offensive opportunities, but Emily Wiesenmayer was working very hard up top to try to get something going. She just didn’t have much support around her.”
The second half started with Centerville dominating on the offensive side, and at the 33-minute mark, they slotted a player through for the first goal of the night.
“We battled after that goal and had a very good opportunity for ourselves, but we hit the post and couldn’t get it to go,” said Goffena.
The game was back and forth until Centerville scored a clinching goal at the 12-minute mark when one of its forwards got free and was able to hit the ball off the post and into the net.
“Our defense led by Kaitlyn Davis had a tough night,” Goffena said. “They were under pressure constantly and made very few mistakes. Keeper Sylvia Hudson had 15 saves as well. I credit the play of freshman Elaine Wiesenmayer in the middle because she was working hard all night long for us to try to counter their attack while trying to start ours. Our other freshman, Macie Ivey, also had a good night defensively. Emily Wiesenmayer worked hard for us on the offensive attack, she just couldn’t get one to go. The effort that some of the team gave tonight was great, we are just going to have to get that from all 11 on the field if we are going to compete with the larger teams from the GWOC.”
The Sidney junior varsity also lost a close one, 2-1.