By Nick Beversdorf
With another conference loss this past Tuesday, this time to Marshfield, the Bluejay girls varsity soccer team falls to 0-4 in the Valley Conference and 0-7 overall. The final score was 3-1 with the Bluejays managing their first conference goal at the 85-minute mark.
Marshfield managed two goals in the first half and another within seven minutes of the second half. Gabby Schlegel slotted nine saves after facing 12 shots on goal and 22 overall and six corner kicks. The Bluejays achieved 11 shots on goal and 16 overall and also had six corner kicks.
“So last night didn’t go as we wanted yet again,” comments head coach Stephanie Nelson. “We dropped to 0-4 in conference and 0-7 overall with our 3-1 loss to Marshfield. Our touch on the ball wasn’t very good for the most part; most of the time anything that we were doing good got snuffed out by our own lack of touch on the ball. Especially in the first half the girls were super slow looking and lacked the intensity that we needed to get the ball rolling. It was 2-0 at halftime and we were angry about it; Marshfield is struggling also, but we were making them look good.
“Second half we came out flat again and they got a goal seven minutes into the half,” she adds. “We picked it up a little, but our attempts were just not good enough. Finally at the 85-minute mark, Mae Litschauer brought the ball to the line exactly like we’ve been working on and sent a beautiful ball across the goal face. Marshfield intercepted it, but luckily Brianna Grosskurth was in the right place at the right time and they passed the ball right to her and she capitalized, her and our first conference goal of the season.”
The Bluejay girls varsity soccer team will face SPASH this Thursday, April 28 at 5 p.m. at the MARC. Nelson comments on the game prospects: “We play [SPASH] on Thursday, and unfortunately, if we look like this against them, it will not end well. Their coaching is the kind where they just want to run up the score and pad stats, so we’re going to have to come out on fire to snuff out their thoughts.”