Eagle midfielder Emily Kershaw strikes with a header during the Oct. 11 soccer match against Hoquiam at Olympic Stadium. Elma posted a 5-1 win over the Grizzlies maintaining their League position and showing that they are able to improve during the season as Hoquiam was the only team to defeat them so far this year.
Eagle defender Lexi Whipple takes control of a down field ball over Grizzly forward Sarah Chapin, breaking Hoquiam’s attack during the second period of play at Olympic Stadium on Oct. 11. Elma’s defense was able to limit the Grizzlies shots on goal to four, while the Eagle offense was able to get 12 opportunities to score. Elma beat Hoquiam 5-1.
Eagle game captain and midfielder Hannah Heelan works the ball around Grizzly forward Chandra Munger. Heelan was denied an opportunity to score on a penalty kick by the Hoquiam goalkeeper, but kept her team in the hunt by winning control of the ball and pushing it forward. The Eagles advance to a season record of 10-1 after their win over Hoquiam.
Eagle Brooke Goldsmith takes a shot at goal during the second half of play against Hoquiam on Oct. 11. Goldsmith helped her Elma club take a 5-1 victory over the Grizzlies at Olympic Stadium.
HOQUIAM — The Lady Eagles took a little revenge against the Hoquiam Grizzlies on the Olympic Stadium soccer pitch, winning 5-1, Oct. 11.
With the Grizzlies handing the Eagles their only loss of the season earlier this year, the win keeps the Eagles at the top of the 1A Evergreen League standings.
“We are very proud of the performance of Emily Grant tonight,” Head Coach Chris Schumacher said. “We have been working with her all year. She has got the speed and was able to give us two goals in the game.”
Grant’s double was matched by Brooke Goldsmith, who also put two strikes into the back of the net. The first Elma goal was credited to returning forward Sydney Smythe. Smythe was fed a pass from Izzy Cristelli in the first six minutes of play to start the Eagle scoring.
The Grizzlies managed to score before the close of the first period with a Barbara Meamber goal, making it a 2-1 game at the half.
On their return to the field, Hoquiam dominated control of the ball, but Elma responded with multiple counterstrikes. They managed a 12-4 advantage in shots on goal for the game, and turned those opportunities into points.
“We were able to finish a lot better tonight,” Schumacher said.
Even with the ball handling of the Grizzlies in the second half, the Eagles kept their composure, waited out the opportunities and struck three additional goals in the second half.
The win brings the Elma soccer club to a 10-1 record with only a handful of games to finish out the regular season. This week’s schedule will be rough, with four games in five days, two on the road and two at home, ending this weekend with a noon game against Montesano.
Both goalkeepers were able to keep the game from additional points as Eagle Alyssa Sutherby defeated a Hoquiam on target free kick in the second half and Grizzly keeper Jensina Alvarenga stopped an early game penalty kick from Grant.
With opponents now seeing each other for the second time this season, the matches are sure to be more challenging as teams are looking at specific players to key on. The new depth of Elma will make this a much harder proposition for their challengers.
The Lady Eagles will have a noon game on Saturday, Oct. 20 against Montesano, and travel to Forks to finish out their regular season the next Thursday.