MORGANTOWN — Demise, taxes and visitors jams round Milan Puskar Stadium an hour earlier than WVU house soccer recreation kickoffs.
There are inevitable outcomes on this life and one other one got here final night time on Pony Lewis Area, when the undefeated and top-ranked Morgantown ladies soccer group hosted 1-10 John Marshall.
The Mohigans dominated as anticipated, successful 10-0 in a 58-minute shortened match, however there are many productive or non-productive methods to win a recreation in opposition to an overmatched opponent, and in line with first-year head coach Brianna Frontuto, her group averted a lot of the pitfalls.
“We obtained by it with out harm,” she mentioned, “and we took care of enterprise early, which allowed us to play quite a lot of ladies for lots of the sport, which is all the time good. We did a pleasant job of connecting and ending, and I believed for essentially the most half we shared the ball fairly nicely. I didn’t see too many unhealthy habits creep in.”
MHS (8-0-1), a top-20 group in MaxPreps nationwide polls, jumped on the sport in opposition to the outmanned Monarchs (1-11) early as freshman Nora Miller took a feed within the third minute from junior Ariana Borneo, drove throughout the highest of the field to house, and lifted a proper foot shot into the nook. A minute later, the speedy Borneo created house by midfield after which flicked a by ball to junior Lillian Staples, who calmly rolled her shot into the open nook for a 2-nil benefit. Ten minutes later, a Gracie Brown go to Railey Reeves mirrored the Mohigans’ second aim, and when Emily Carpenter, Reeves, and Brown scored throughout the following three minutes, the ultimate final result was basically assured.
Within the twenty third minute, Brown zoomed previous the JM protection for a breakaway aim, and Vanja Mueller stole a gradual aim kick go and buried a shot to make it 8-0. Maybe the prettiest aim of the night time got here with 25 seconds left within the half, as Josie Johnson dribbled by midfield, tapped the ball to her proper to open up a lane, then picked the nook along with her proper foot from simply contained in the 18 to make it 9-0 on the break.
Deep into the bench, and with some position-switching experiments in place, Morgantown ramped up their possession recreation within the second half and seemed to arrange sure gamers to place the of completion on this one. Lastly, it was Borneo who weaved and danced and sped her manner in, out, round and previous the Monarch protection and deposited a left-footed shot into the facet netting from the left nook of the field to cease the clock and seal the victory.
Happy along with her group’s efficiency, Frontuto was trying ahead to persevering with competing within the Ohio Valley Athletic Convention Event this Thursday at house.
“I didn’t actually put the OVACs as a particular aim for this season,” she admitted, “as a result of I’m nonetheless studying about our group and soccer within the area as nicely. The women have actually helped me stand up to hurry with who we play and the way these groups method the sport.
“And since I knew I had some stable expertise coming again I’ve tried to not change an excessive amount of so far as formations and magnificence, to keep up our chemistry and cohesiveness. We’re trying ahead to doing our greatest to earn the prospect to win championships, however actually, we’re going to proceed to take issues one match at a time.
“It’s been working up to now,” she smiled, “so we’ll preserve doing what works.”
The Mohigans will host a to-be-determined opponent in an OVAC semifinal subsequent Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
BY MARK SCHRAF