By Nick Beversdorf
Thursday (May 12) saw another frustrating loss for girls varsity soccer. It wasn’t frustrating because of the loss itself, but more so because it was a close game with the second half dominated by an active Bluejay offense that should have scored.
The Bluejays lost to Wausau East with a final score of 1-0. The first half was a mostly a stalemate with both teams keeping each other in check. The second half saw a renewed vigor in the Bluejay offense, with the ball mostly staying within East’s territory. Unfortunately, Merrill still struggled to get a decent shot on goal.
Nine minutes into the second half, East got possession and kicked it into Merrill territory where East fielders were waiting. They ran the ball and shot a goal before any Bluejay defenders could intercept, allowing a mostly open shot that goalie Gabby Schlegel could not block. The Bluejays continued to play well offensively, but could not get that perfect shot to win, or at least tie, the game.
Wausau East had 18 shots with nine on goal, four corner kicks and two fouls. Merrill had eleven shots with four on goal, five corner kicks and three fouls.
Being senior’s night, when the game ended the senior girls were recognized for their efforts and achievements (see picture).