By Josh Levine
Lincoln High School controlled possession for most of the game in a 2-0 win over Marshall High School in AAA play on Tuesday at Crocker Amazon Field.
“In a sense it was a victory for us as well,” said Marshall Head Coach Jeremy Hardy. “We held Lincoln to one goal in each half, and considering we had to play each half shorthanded it was impressive. The first half, they had ten players on the field and the second half they had eleven. We only had nine the entire game, and with no substitutes. I’m proud of how my girls played today.”
Caitlin Kurz and Katja Wiles scored the Mustangs’ goals. Kurz’s goal was in the sixth minute and Wiles’ was in the 47th minute.
“They had nine players; we expected to come out and kill this team,” said Lincoln Head Coach David McPherson. “But, our energy level wasn’t there. A lot of things were not effective this game, and things will be changed starting tomorrow. [In] Practice we’ll be running, working on movement and spacing. Games are won or lost at practice.”
The Mustangs had 11 shots on goal compared to three by the Phoenix.
Even with the win, McPherson was not happy with his team’s effort, including several offsides in the first half.
“Things need to and will change. This was not a good performance,” McPherson said. “Give credit to Marshall, they were the underdogs and they came out to play. The pressure was on us. In a sense this is somewhat of a loss I guess.”