Soccer: Port Clinton at Fremont Ross, Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014.
FREMONT Some victories don’t show up in the win column.
And when a program goes more than a year without ending a game with a win on the scoreboard, smaller victories become important.
For nearly 70 minutes Wednesday the Fremont Ross girls soccer team played Port Clinton to a scoreless draw. Though Port Clinton finally cashed in for a goal with less than 12 minutes to play, and eventually held on for a 1-0 win, Fremont Ross was able to claim a small victory of its own.
“In years past we have no fared all that well against them,” Ross coach Phil Collison said. “The fact we did go 70 minutes with a scoreless draw, we’ll definitely be happy with that. Hopefully the girls can draw from that and we can continue to move forward.”
Small victories, Collison believes, will eventually lead to those that show in the win column. The Little Giants (0-1-1) have claimed a pair of small wins already on the young season. In Monday’s 3-3 tie with Clyde, Fremont Ross eclipsed its goal total from all of last year (two).
In that game, the Little Giants twice rallied from deficits, including scoring the game-tying goal on a penalty kick in the game’s final minute.
After finding itself pinned in its own end for much of the game’s first 10 minutes Wednesday, Fremont Ross battled back and played the rest of first half evenly with Port Clinton.
Though Port Clinton began to establish a firm grip on the possession of the ball in the second half and kept Ross goalkeeper Shia Paredes under constant pressure, Collison saw his team continue to battle and assert itself. For the Little Giants, it’s another small battle won.
“We did move the ball well at times where in years past we have not moved the ball very well,” Collison said. “We had some possession moments and did not back down.
“We’re working on the girls being a little more physical, a little more assertive, not afraid to make a challenge.”
Despite posting an 0-16 record a season ago, Collison said his team doesn’t lack for confidence. That confidence, he believes, will help the Little Giants pick up elusive victory on the scoreboard.
“We don’t want to be too confident but I think they have what it takes to get a couple,” Collison said. “I think they’re learning what it takes to win.
PC 0 1 1
FR 0 0 0
PC, Miranda Herevia (unassisted), 62:18
Saves – FR, Shia Paredes 9; PC Emily Ashley 6.
Shots – FR, 6; PC, 20
Records – FR 0-1-1; PC 1-1.