Long Trail falls, Arlington advances at John Werner
ARLINGTON — For all intent and purposes, Long Trail and Twin Valley played a pretty even game Wednesday afternoon in the opener of the 12th annual John Werner Tournament.
Despite strong play from LTS, it was the Wildcats that came out on top on the scoreboard, beating the Mountain Lions 3-1 at Werner Field.
"We played probably our best game of the year, I would say," said LTS girls soccer coach Kevin Murphy. "We were trying a new formation today and it worked out well. The girls played to and through the ball. It made a big difference."
There wasn't much to separate the two teams as possession was pretty much equal and the Wildcats had just two more shots than LTS.
In the end, Twin Valley put home a pair of chances in the first half when the Mountain Lions couldn't and that made all the difference.
Twin Valley junior Sadie Boyd started the scoring with about 27 minutes to play in the first half.
LTS had a chance to knot the score when Molly Sanderson did a great job of flipping the ball past her defender and got out in space with just the keeper in front of her. She took a shot and Wildcats keeper Hannah Sullivan was game, making a save to her right.
"We had a lot of opportunities, especially in the first half. We capitalize on one of those and it changes the whole game," Murphy said.
Kylie Reed scored for Twin Valley with 43 seconds left in the half to put the Wildcats up 2-0 at the half.
LTS continued to build chances in the second half and finally broke through with 27:41 to play. Molly Sanderson possessed the ball just outside the box on the left side and spotted Kathryn Dugan, who had cut toward the top of the box. Dugan took a nice strike on the ball and cut the lead to one.
It's no secret that Sanderson and Dugan are the Mountain Lions' top options. Having them in sync is key to LTS' success.
"We've been working on the interaction between Kathryn and Molly because they're our strongest players," Murphy said. "That is a big plus that worked out hopefully we can get a couple more of those."
Jayden Crawford answered quickly for the Wildcats after the Dugan goal with one of her own to put the Twin Valley lead back at two.
Nancy Dominic stepped into goal for Kailyn Ploski-Skinner who couldn't play and the junior played well, making seven saves.
"I can't be more proud of Nancy and what she did today, stepping in," Muphy said. "She was very nervous, but she did us proud."
LTS falls to 1-6 and plays Mount Saint Joseph in the tournament consolation game Friday at 5 p.m.
Arlington 11, MSJ 0
The Arlington girls soccer team had no trouble moving past MSJ in the first round of the John Werner Tournament.
Four different girls had two-goal games, as the Eagles topped the Mounties 11-0 at Werner Field Wednesday night.
Haley Mattison scored less than four minutes in to put Arlington on top early.
Sidney Herrington was the next to strike, with a goal off a Lilah Ward assist with 30 minutes, 56 seconds left in the first half.
Eighteen seconds later, Ward got on in the scoring act herself to make it 3-0.
Mattison netted her second goal of the day four minutes later, and about two minutes later, Mattison put a corner kick in the perfect spot near post to give Ward her second goal.
Less than a minute later, Herrington added on another goal, before Schuylar Nolan netted her first goal of the season with a nice strike from outside the box.
Kaylee Bushee scored her first goal of the season with eight minutes left in the half to put the Eagles up 8-0 at the break.
Arlington continued to dominate possession in the second half, with Nolan, Amiah Olson and Natalia Hoyt finding the back of the net.
Jillian Perry made four saves on the day for MSJ.
Arlington improves to 4-4 and plays Twin Valley on Friday at 7 p.m., looking for its third straight John Werner Tournament title.
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