Siegel scored its quickest goal of the year and matched its season-high for goals in a game on the way to a 4-2 victory at Smyrna Tuesday in their District 7-AAA soccer clash.
The Lady Stars (6-5-1, 2-0-1) posted all four of their goals in the first half, and handed the Lady Bulldogs (8-3-2, 3-1-0) their first district loss.
Siegel scored 1:35 into Tuesday’s match after Chelsey Russom sent a deflection off of Smyrna keeper Haley Munn to the right side of the goal. Russom was the first of fourdifferent goal scorers for the Lady Stars.
Callie Ruf scored what proved to be the game-winner a little over 13 minutes later when she collected a Cori Steingale pass in front of the goal, controlled the ball and sent it in the right side of the net.
Emma Adcock added Siegel’s third goal two minutes after Ruf’s, and Steingale added her second assist. Bella Roberts tacked on the Lady Stars’ final goal with 16 seconds left after an assist from Ruf.
“We came out strong in the first minute and 30 seconds and that set the tone and gave everybody that extra push,” Ruf said of first half. “We started working together better, finding open people and didn’t play selfishly.”
Smyrna avoided the shutout thanks to Sierra Franz’s drive down the right side of the field that drew a free kick just on the right side of the goalie box. Sierra Hefner took the kick, it came off of Siegel goalkeeper Meghan Kiker’s fingertips, and Franz was there to collect the deflection on the backside of the goal.
It was one of just a few offensive chances the Lady Bulldogs had the entire match.
“After they scored so quick, everyone decided we needed to play more defense than offense,” Franz said. “When your whole team turns into instant defense you’re not thinking about attacking the goal but saving our goal.”
Hefner added the second goal on a penalty kick with 4:34 remaining in the second half.
The four goals are the most for Siegel since a 4-0 win over Battle Ground Academy on Aug. 20.
The Lady Stars are on a five-game unbeaten streak, and have bounced back nicely from a 1-5-0 stretch prior to the current streak.
Siegel has outscored its opponents 14-2 on the way to a 4-0-1 mark during the unbeaten streak after being outscored 12-3 during the 1-5-0 stretch.
This was just the second loss for Smyrna in September.
It arrived to the district clash 6-1-2 during the first nine games of the month, outscoring opponents 18-12.
The Lady Bulldogs had not surrendered more than four goals this season; Beech had the previous high in a 4-2 victory on Sept. 9.
It is the fifth-straight win for the Lady Stars over the Lady Bulldogs. Siegel has outscored Smyrna 13-3 in the last five meetings, including three shutouts.