Slowly, but surely, the Indian River varsity girl’s soccer team is scoring goals and getting victories in the 2005 season.
That was the case Tuesday, April 5, as the team pushed past Woodbridge, 3-0.
After one half of play, the score was tied — nil apiece. Then the Lady Indians started to put some passes together and convert on their scoring opportunities.
“Early on, we looked like we were still on vacation. We had no intensity in the first half at all, but we talked briefly at the half and the girls were able to work it out,” said head coach Howard Gerken.
Gerken kept the talk brief because he wanted his girls to get some extra drills in before the second half. The drills must have worked, because the Lady Indians scored all three of the team’s goals in the second half of the game.
Freshman Michelle Giorgilli scored the first two goals (59:30, 62:30) for Indian River on assists from senior Sam Hauck and junior Ali Ambrose. Ambrose had the final goal (71:00), as one of her shots ricocheted off a Woodbridge defender and past the goalie.
Indian River’s offense was able to keep the ball in Woodbridge territory for most of the game, resulting in more shots on goal. The Indians managed 20 shots on goal, with Woodbridge’s goalie saving 14. But the Lady Indians also had two offsides penalties that negated one goal and possibly a second.
Their offense also served as a great defense and shielded sophomore goalie Bethany Beck and her defensive counterparts from a barrage of shots. Woodbridge was limited to only one shot attempt, which Beck quickly corralled to help secure the shutout.
It was Indian River’s second shutout this season. The Lady Indians have outscored their opponents 5-0.
While Indian River was able to outshoot their opponent early this week, the team knew they would really need to execute as they got ready for eighth-ranked Caesar Rodney on April 7. Indian River had the numbers on Woodbridge’s defense three times but was unable to capitalize on the advantage.
“We’re still moving too slow. We’re not moving at top speed,” said Gerken.
Now at 2-0, the Lady Indians will have to up the ante to compete against top-ranked teams.
“Caesar Rodney is one of the top teams in the conference, and it will be a very good game for us. We’ll have to compete,” said Gerken.