Tonight’s game was our last action before spring break so we wanted to make sure we went into the break on a positive note. With a final score of 3-0, Ionia achieved that objective.
The first half got going quickly as Ionia was awarded a penalty within the first few minutes of the game. Freshman Josalyn Anthony stepped up to the penalty spot and put ionia on the scoreboard for the first goal of her high school career.
The rest of the half we struggled to capitalize on our ball possession advantage. We’re still working on syncing up as a team, so there were many moments where the idea was there but we either rushed the play without setting up properly or we didn’t read our teammates moves properly to combine on the play.
The girls all agreed they could do better in the second half and were determined to come out and convert on our opportunities. Our play was livelier and more aggressive and we continued to put more pressure on Lansing Sexton’s end of the field. Midway through the half, Freshman Jenna Melle figured into the scoring by working the ball tirelessly down the right wing and whipping a cross into the box. The ball was taken on full-volley by Amanda Zarebski (junior), finding its way up and over the Sexton keeper into the back of the net.
The third and final goal came when sustained pressure led to a scrum near the edge of the 6 yard box. Josalyn Anthony came up with the ball and stuck it into the goal for her second on the night.
Ionia had 20 shots on goal which speaks to the amount of pressure we were able to put on Sexton’s goal. When we learn to convert on more of these opportunities, things will get very interesting for this team. Defensively we were able to get the job done and there were moments when Sexton did try to push through but our defensive line held, with each defender (Georgia, Knapp, Janissa Anthony, Taylor Ciganick, Kaytlin Orban) coming up big on several occassions.
In the end, we’re happy with the effort and look at this as a good result. We’ll look to build from this.
Madelyn Schlossenberg had 5 saves in goal
Josalyn Anthony:2 goals
Amanda Zarebski: 1 goal
Jenna Melle: 1 assist