A 7-0 loss to a previously ranked (as of last week) Winterset team wasn’t really the concern of Creston head coach Kim Lauffer.
“It just seemed like everyone was a little off tonight,” said Lauffer. “When we stopped fighting for the ball, that’s when things started falling apart for us.”
The first Husky goal seemed to show that statement as Kinsey Beebe was the first to a loose ball and was rewarded with a goal for her efforts in the 22nd minute.
For the next 43 minutes the Panthers fought off Winterset’s attacks and countered by clearing space and getting the ball into the opposing end.
Kalan Bloodgood was an influential part in keeping the score at just 2-0 at the halftime intermission as she stopped streaking Husky players in their tracks.
In the 15th minute, keeper Madison McCoubrey forced an oncoming Winterset player to change directions, slowing her down enough for Bloodgood to sprint in and take the ball off of her feet.
In the 38th minute, Bloodgood tracked down a streaking Husky and forced her to hurry her shot, which eventually went wide of the net, giving the Panthers the ball back.
“She has been a strong defender for us and really come out of nowhere a lot of times,” said Lauffer.
McCoubrey made numerous saves in which she was forced to be the aggressor coming out of net, simply to put added pressure and close down angles on free Winterset attackers.
Creston trailed by just two goals at the half and had pushed the ball down into the Huskies a handful of times, earning corner kicks and occasionally putting Winterset on edge.
But the Huskies didn’t wait around in the second half. Fluid ball movement and a number of anxious attackers snuck through the Panther midfield and defense on their way to burying scoring chances.
Creston has been rotating players into new positions, looking to find an added spark with fresh legs in the midfield.
Laura Weis has been seeing time in the midfield, but received plenty of added minutes at the center midfielder position tonight.
“A lot of times we try to move people around so that we can give our center mids a break. It’s exhausting there,” said Lauffer. “Laura does a fantastic job there. She can give us short bursts and does a great job.”
Bree Ross tallied the Panthers’ only shot on goal over the course of the evening.
UP NEXT – Creston (4-9) will hit the road for its final two games of the season. The first of which will be against Knoxville (5-6) on Friday.
Creston (0) – Shots (on goal) – Karmen Chuong 2 (0), Bree Ross 1 (1). Keeper saves – Madison McCoubrey 12.