Falling behind 4-0 in the first 25 minutes of Tuesday’s game wasn’t exactly the position Lancaster wanted to be in against visiting Grove City.
At that point, it would have been easy for the Golden Gales to give up. But they continued to fight, cutting the deficit to 4-1 at halftime and got within 4-2 early in the second half.
Lancaster had two chances to tie it with penalty kicks, but both missed their mark as the Greyhounds went on to post a 6-2 Ohio Capital Conference-Ohio Division win.
After being shellshocked in the first half, the Gales (8-6, 1-5) were more aggressive in the final 40 minutes.
“We talked to them about bringing more enthusiasm and just being excited to be out here,” Lancaster coach Brian Griffin said. “We were still in the game and still competing. The level of intensity we brought in the second half is the way it needs to be all the time.”
Sophomore Erica Campbell scored on a penalty kick after she was tripped up in the box with 8:34 left in the first half.
Lancaster got solid play from senior Zoyie Golden in the second half, including a play that prevented Grove City (11-1, 6-0) from scoring.
A Greyhound was going in a breakaway and Lancaster’s goalie, Mikaela Wagner, had come out to stop her. At the final second, Golden came up from behind and kicked the ball away before the Grove City player was ready to kick the ball into the open net.
The Greyhounds almost scored again right afterward, but the ball bounced off the right post.
Grove City failed to get back on defense fast enough, and the Gales took advantage. Golden made a nice pass to Campbell, who scored here second goal of the game with 33:14 left.
“Once we scored the second goal, they understood we still had a chance,” Griffin said. “They need to realize even though we were down 4-0, we were still in it.”
Lancaster then missed golden opportunities to tie it when they missed back-to-back penalty kicks in front of the net at the 29- and 24-minute marks of the second half.
Less than three minutes later, the Greyhounds scored to push the lead to 5-2. They added the final goal with 12:45 left.
“They brought in five, six and seven players in at a time and our numbers on the back were low,” Griffin said. “On two of their goals, they caught us. We are still young and we are still learning.
“We just need to do a better job of maintaining position and little things like that. It is just going to come with more play.”
Wagner was outstanding in goal in the second half and had several impressive saves. She finished five, and Brittany Wolfe also had five saves, all in the first half.