Thursday night’s River View and Coshocton girls soccer game was a tale of two halves.
The Lady Bears had the better of play in the opening half while the Lady Redskins had the better of things in half number two.
In the end, it was Coshocton who got a pair of second half goals to rally for a 2-1 victory.
“Give (River View coach) Dave (Kridler) and his team credit because they came out with intensity and were ready to play from the beginning and we were not,” Lady Redskins coach Matt Hartley said. “In the second half, we came out with more intensity and were able to get a couple plays when we needed them.”
River View had the better of possession and scoring chances in the first half and finally cashed in with 23:34 left in the first half when Desiree Frank scored on a direct kick from just outside the penalty box into the upper half for a 1-0 lead.
“We wanted to fall back and be crisp on defense and really engage the ball,” Kridler said. “We didn’t want to give them a lot of room to operate and in the first half I thought we were able to do that.”
River View almost got a second goal with 12:17 to go in the first half when a header from Shaunalyn Dobson off a corner from Frank was pushed away by Coshocton goalkeeper Hannah Michael.
“If they had gotten that second goal things would have been much, much tougher on us,” Hartley said. “We got it to halftime and were able to come out and get the momentum in the second half.”
It took more than seven minutes for Coshocton (15-1) to get the equalizer when the duo of Emily Hartley and Nicki Carling hooked up.
Hartley found Carling in the River View box, and Carling pushed a shot under River View goalkeeper Heather Maxwell and into the net to knot things at 1-1 with 32:29 left in the game.
“In the second half, we started playing more direct soccer and started banging balls back at them instead of working the ball around,” Kridler said. “Against a team as talented as them you can’t do that. At the same time I am very proud of how the girls came out and played tonight and hopefully we can build on that into the tournament.”
With eight minutes left in the match, Coshocton got the game-winning goal as Casey Fortney found Hartley in the box, and Hartley scored for a 2-1 lead.
“We did some things a little differently in the second half than we normally do offensively,” Hartley said. “We found a way to get a win tonight.”
For the game, Coshocton held a 12-5 edge in shots.