Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Zeeland West High School
Wayland High School
The lady Wildcats were able to secure their first home win of the season last night as they defeated the visiting Dux from Zeeland West 2-1.
The first half was back and forth with both teams taking turns with chances to score the first goal of the game. Both keepers were called upon throughout the opening 40 minutes to make saves, but it was the Wildcats who were able to strike first just before halftime. Amber O’Connell (Jr.) was able to play a nice through ball behind the Zeeland West defenders to find a streaking Brinley Nieuwenhuis (Sr.) who slotted the ball low past the keeper for her 4th goal of the season. The Dux immediately responded with 10 seconds to go before halftime, capitalizing on a slip by Hannah Henney (So.) in the back and serving a ball into an open attacker inside the box. However, keeper Rachel Wienclaw (So.) made a big one-handed save to keep her team on top as the horn sounded for halftime.
The second half continued much like the first with both teams supplying plenty of attacking opportunities. Again though, it was the Wildcats who were able to score first when a through ball from Payton Sidebotham (So.) found Amanda Brown (So.) in behind the Dux defense and she calmly beat the keeper for her 3rd goal of the young season. The Dux were not done though as their steady offensive pressure continued as the half wound down. They were finally able to find the back of the net with 15 minutes left to go but that would be all they could muster as the Wildcat defense held strong and preserved their second win of the spring.
Rachel Wienclaw made 13 saves while facing 14 shots in the win bringing her save total to 47/58 (81%).
The win moves the girls’ record to 2-3 on the season. They head into a big week next week as they travel to conference foes Wyoming on Monday (5:00 kickoff) and host Forest Hills East on Wednesday (6:00 kickoff).