By Jeremy Balan
Behind two goals from senior forward Sarah Roach and a physical back-line defense, Lick-Wilmerding High School remained undefeated in Bay Counties League West play with a 4-0 win over Drew School on Wednesday.
“[Roach] has got a lot of speed and she came on strong. She is playing with a lot of confidence in her senior year,” said Lick-Wilmerding Head Coach Matt Kurnick.
Roach opened the scoring for the Tigers (6-1-1, 3-0) with a goal in the sixth minute and increased the lead to 2-0 midway through the first half with a high lob shot from near the right corner-kick area that soared over the Drew goalkeeper and bounced into the top corner of the net.
“It was actually supposed to be a cross [pass], but it turned out as a goal, which is nice,” Roach said.
Although Roach put the Tigers ahead early, it was the Lick-Wilmerding defense that put the game away, holding Drew (2-5, 0-3) without a shot on net for the game.
“We’ve been playing with a lot of injuries, so a lot of people are playing out of position,” said Drew Head Coach Andrew Heuer. “We’re still learning.”
The Tigers focused specifically on Drew forward Cali Ranahan, who made several strong runs deep into Lick-Wilmerding territory, but could not convert those opportunities into goals.
“Sarah Cuddeback and Cali have been phenomenal for us,” Heuer said. “Their presence on the field is amazing. They can tell they are two of our better players and look to hit them and take them out of their game. Obviously what they were doing was working.”
Emily Duh tacked on another goal for the Tigers right before halftime and Melanie Brown capped the scoring with a goal late in the second half.
Still undefeated in early BCL West play, Lick-Wilmerding is looking to improve upon finishing second in three consecutive seasons.
“The real teams to look out for are University and Marin Academy, and we haven’t seen them yet this year,” said Kurnick. “We have not been fully challenged yet this season. We’ll see as the season develops, how that goes.”