By Mark Swope, Student Reporter
On Sept. 4, University of Valley Forge traveled to Summerdale to take on the Lady Knights.
Early on, UVF opened the scoring off a breakaway. At the 5’ mark, freshman forward Wislene Verna found herself on a breakaway, but fired the ball just wide of the post. In the tenth minute, UVF again found the back of the net on a rebound off the post. About a minute later, UVF converted again on a breakaway. In the 17th minute, Verna dribbled the ball down the right hand flank and cut the ball back towards the PK mark, but was unable to connect with a teammate. Two minutes later, Verna broke away, but fired the ball just over the crossbar. In the 25th minute, freshman Kylan Krammes had a free kick attempt from 25 yards out that was just wide of the left post. Krammes found two more close opportunities before the end of the half. In the 28th minute, the Lady Knights nearly scored off a corner kick that failed to be cleared by UVF. To close out the half, UVF converted on a free kick combination play.
The Lady Knights regrouped at halftime and did not concede another goal. In the 55th minute, Verna hit the post and just a minute later put another one over the bar. In the 68th minute, Krammes intercepted a ball in the Knights’ half, dribbled through three UVF defenders, and forced the keeper to make a save. Two minutes later, Verna ripped a point-blank shot at the keeper who somehow kept it out of the net. In the 81st minute, sophomore captain Natalie Richards forced the UVF keeper to stretch out and tip the ball just over the crossbar.
When asked, “What was said at halftime and what made you guys more sound in the back?” Krammes answered, “We came together as a team and focused more on possession and sending through balls to our outside midfielders.”
Freshman center back Paige Cassell answered, “At halftime we discussed what happened during the first half. We talked about how we needed to contain more and we need to have more confidence in each other. What made us more sound in the back is during the second half we realized that playing more back was stopping them from a leg race back to the goal. Also, we were communicating with each other and making sure we were on the same page. Communication is key.”
Though the Lady Knights did not get the result they were hoping for, they showed massive improvement between the halves and will look to be better next match.