Assumption shuts out Manual in top-10 matchup

Assumption shuts out Manual in top-10 matchup

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Assumption shuts out Manual in top-10 matchup

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Assumption used a pair of goals early in the second half to break open a scoreless game and pull away from host Manual, as the Rockets claimed a 3-0 victory in a girls’ Seventh Region soccer matchup Thursday.

In a battle of top-10 teams in the state coaches’ association poll, the No. 4 Rockets (4-0-2) used the counterattack to get on the board twice in the second half. The first came moments after the No. 10 Lady Crimsons (4-1) were just inches away from taking the lead themselves.

Just three minutes into the second half, Lindsey Bobb’s shot from about 40 yards out hit the crossbar. The Rockets took possession, and less than a minute later, Olivia Marino connected with Riley Ennenbach at the top of the penalty box. The freshman earned her second goal of the year by splitting two defenders and putting a shot past Caroline Henry at the 35:59 mark.

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Seeing fortunes change that quickly frustrated the Lady Crimsons, their coach said.

“We slowed down a little bit after that,” Sheri Kiser said. “It definitely pushed the momentum completely in their favor. We panicked a little bit and didn’t play the way we normally would play.”

Assumption took full advantage of that. Five minutes later sophomore defender Addison Cline fought to maintain possession in the Crimsons’ box. She was taken down, and Kenzie Riggs connected on the subsequent penalty kick at the 30:38 mark for her third tally of the season.

After only allowing two goals in its first four games, Manual surrendered two in just over a five-minute span.

Assumption coach Andrew Quinn said the breakthroughs came as a result of his team staying committed to playing their brand of soccer.

“We don’t want to settle on shots from distance,” he said. “If you’re shooting from 30 yards out, that’s not a high percentage shot. What we we’re trying is as we get into the final third, we want to attack.”

Kaitlyn Revell finished the scoring for Assumption on another counter. As the sophomore took a long ball, she found her way past the Lady Crimsons backline near midfield. She worked her way in the clear to beat Henry in the box and seal the game with 15:53 remaining with her second of the year.

Neither team broke through in the first half, though both squads did have a few opportunities. Manual came out strong early thanks to its quickness, but the hosts surrendered control to the Rockets midway through the first half. Assumption controlled the pace of play for the remainder of the half.

Riggs said she and her teammates knew her teammates were playing well, despite not having anything to show for it.

“We knew that we were attacking very well, connecting,” the senior midfielder said. “We just weren’t finishing our opportunities toward the goal.”

Taking down a top-10 team on its home field is a nice accomplishment, Quinn said. However, there’s a bigger goal ahead for the Rockets, one of five teams from the region ranked in the coaches’ poll.

“Our main concern right now is just improving every game,” he said. “We want to make sure we’re peaking come Regionals.”

Kiser said Assumption showed that her team still needs to work on certain aspects of its game.

“We are struggling with (attacking) in the final third,” she said. “So we need to work on some things and being able to attack.”

Kiser said she hopes senior Emina Ekic, a first-team all-state player from last season, can return from her ACL tear within the next month to bolster the attack. The U of L commit, the Courier-Journal’s reigning Female Athlete and Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year, scored 23 goals and assisted on 15 more last season.

Assumption 3 (Riley Ennenbach, Kenzie Riggs, Kaitlyn Revell), Manual 0.

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