MOUNT VERNON — Wave after wave of Big Walnut scoring chances rained down on the Mount Vernon girls soccer team Tuesday.
The Yellow Jackets weathered the attacks for most of the game, but just like the rain that fell on Yellow Jacket Stadium, they just kept on coming, leaving MV wet, tired and wondering what happened in a 6-1 loss.
“At the half, we’re down 2-1 and think we’re still in the game. But, then a couple of mistakes and it’s 4-1. That’s very hard to come back from,” said Mount Vernon coach Vit Streska. “We’re a young team. We’re still learning from our mistakes.”
Mount Vernon (1-10-1) battled Big Walnut through a scoreless 15 minutes of the first half before finally giving up a goal. The Eagles’ Shelby Coulter made a nice run off a pass from Chelsea Delay for the first goal of the game.
Before Mount Vernon had a chance to figure out how to answer, Big Walnut scored again, this time as Delay put one into the net.
The Jackets were able to stay in the game the rest of the half, thanks to the defense of Heather Wantland and goalkeeper McKenzie Crawford. Wantland chased down several Big Walnut players and took away opportunities for the Eagles, while Crawford, a freshman, was a wall the rest of the half, stopping several shots on goal.
“Heather played great, and Kenzie did a real good job in goal. She’s just a freshman back there,” Streska said.
Mount Vernon got back into the contest with less than two minutes to go in the half when Rachel Hartong played a nice ball to the back side of the net off a corner kick. Erin Miller was right there, booting the ball home and bringing the Jackets within one.
“We’re starting to get more comfortable out there and made some nice plays tonight,” Streska said.
The good feelings ended quickly in the second half, though.
Coulter got her second of three goals on the night just four minutes into the second half when she picked up a loose ball in front of the net and booted it home. Just one minute later, Delay blasted a long shot that slipped through Crawford’s hands and into the net. Coulter put the game away for good just three minutes later with a goal off a nice feed from Julia Evans. Big Walnut added a final score from Brittney Bogantz with just under 10 minutes remaining in the contest.
Big Walnut put 18 shots on goal for the night, with Crawford making the save on 11. Mount Vernon had 13 shots on goal.
The Jackets will travel to New Albany next Tuesday for a 5:30 p.m. start.