It was a sunny, muddy and extremely windy afternoon at the SMAHS soccer field; however, the conditions were perfect for the Lady Dutch as they picked up their first home victory of the season in a 2-1 contest against the Punxsutawney Lady Chucks.
"Conditions made it an ugly game and Punxsy was scrappy. They moved to the ball well and I think we just had more team speed in the end and that's what allowed us to prevail. We dominated most of the game but the mud was the equalizer in the win," said SMA coach Dr. Bob Schmidt.
"It was a good game by Holly Shields, Shannon Bridges and Aspyn Wolff," Schmidt added.
The first half was a defensive struggle, with players fighting hard to control the ball and keep their footing on some of the muddier sections of the field. The Lady Dutch dominated possession of the ball in the half, though, as they outshot Punxsutawney 9-0 and also had three corner kicks.
All of the scoring took place in the second half of the match.
The Lady Chucks started things off by putting a shot past SMA keeper Mia Keener with 21:14 remaining to go up 1-0.
St. Marys did not take long to answer, as Aspyn Wolff knotted things up at 1-all with a goal with 19:24 remaining.
The Lady Dutch made several attempts to take the lead but all were blocked by the Punxsutwaney keeper until there were just over five minutes remaining in the match. With 5:38 left in regulation, Holly Shields put the ball into the back of the net on a pass from Wolff to give the Lady Dutch the 2-1 lead and seal the St. Marys victory.
The match was also senior night for the Lady Dutch and senior players and their parents were honored during a ceremony at halftime.
The Lady Dutch are now 2-15-1 and will play in their final regular-season match on Wednesday afternoon as they host Smethport for a 4 p.m. match.