Ridgewood’s Hollie Schwab and Coshocton’s Emily Hartley fight for the ball.
COSHOCTON – Three-time first-team All-Ohio soccer player and Coshocton senior Emily Hartley summed up playing again in six simple words Thursday: “It felt good to be back.”
Hartley had every reason to feel good after the game as well as she had three goals and assisted on another, helping the Redskins take down Ridgewood 6-0 at Kids America.
Fellow senior Kallie Unger added two goals and two assists and Olivia Ward added another goal for Coshocton (1-0). Carly Livingston also chipped in two assists.
Karrie Bluck had 17 saves and Winter Preston added five saves for Ridgewood (0-1-1).
Hartley got the scoring started about six minutes in, gathering a throw-in from Unger and firing a shot top shelf to make it 1-0 Redskins.
The duo hooked up again in a similar fashion at the 23:28 mark to make it 2-0 at halftime.
Unger said she wasn’t looking for Hartley in particular on either throw-in, but was thrilled to be a part of the first two goals of the season.
“I feel like I’m one of the better throwers on the team so if I’m close enough, I always try to throw the ball close to the goal,” she said. “Fortunately, one of our good scorers was there and took advantage of the opportunity.”
Then Unger got into the act in the second half, scoring her two goals in the first 10 minutes to extend the lead to 4-0.
Ward added her score a few minutes later off a corner and Hartley scored the final tally with about 10 minutes left in the game.
Hartley was pleased with the final score.
“We have a lot of young players this year, so it was good to see so many of them step up and play well,” she said. “It was also nice to get everybody some varsity experience at the end of the game.”
Generals coach Casey Claxton knew the Redskins would be a great challenge, but he was impressed with how his team battled during the game.
“Coshocton is a very good team, and we were excited to play a team of their caliber,” he said. “Overall, I thought our team — especially our defense — played hard. Hopefully, we will learn a lot from this game and continue to try to get better every day.”
Despite the win, Redskins coach Matt Hartley noticed some things they need to fix before their next game.
“I’m happy that we controlled the ball for most of the game and that we won the game,” he said. “But I was disappointed that we struggled so much with doing the things that we worked on in practice. There is definitely some room for improvement.”
Unger also noticed something they need to work on.
“Even though we scored six goals, I felt like we were not very aggressive,” she said. “We will need to be more aggressive down the road if we want to keep winning games.”