LINESVILLE — The young Conneaut Area girls soccer team was in search of its first win of the season on Wednesday. While that win was not achieved, signs of growth were there for the Eagles.
“We’re just capitalizing on the small things that we are improving on,” said CASH head coach Ranetta Cyphert. “We have seen improvements on our passing and we’ve seen improvements on taking shots and stuff like that.”
It was a back-and-forth offensive Region 5 game that was won by Titusville 4-2 at Conneaut Area Senior High School on Wednesday afternoon.
“(Titusville) had some offense; we had some good pressure at points in time,” said Cyphert. “We just needed to connect some passes and get more shots.”
Conneaut is now 0-10 overall and 0-4 in Region 5. Titusville moves to 3-7 and 2-2 in region.
Titusville ended up with 25 total shots with 13 finding the target while Conneaut mustered up 18 shots and 10 on goal. The extra attempts for the Rockets proved to be the difference.
The Rockets struck first with 22:53 left in the opening half. The speedy Emily Finley broke away from the defense and floated the shot into the right side of the goal.
Thirteen minutes later, Courtney Erickson toe tapped the ball into the left corner of the goal for the a 2-0 lead.
The game could have gotten out of hand there. But Conneaut bounced back five minutes later.
Hannah Nader had a few crosses in the first half that didn’t find their mark in front of goal. On this run, Nader fired the ball into the top right portion of the net to cut the deficit to 2-1 at the break. Another positive for the Eagles.
“Just the fact that (Nader) had some solid crosses that were getting into places to give us opportunities to score,” Cyphert said.
Just over eight minutes into the second half, Titusville’s Julia Enright tried her luck from over 30 yards away from goal. The shot sailed right into the twine putting Titusville back up 3-1.
“God bless Julia, she can shoot it from 30, 35 yards out and that’s what she did,” Cyphert added. “They were some nice goals and we just had a couple breakdowns, and that’s all it takes sometimes.”
It took under a minute for Conneaut to get back within 3-2. Nader, again, found the goal this time by launching a shot over goaltender Kassidee Szympruch from the right side.
However, Titusville put the game away when Adeline Hartshorne tipped in a deflected ball for the 4-2 advantage.
In goal, Jocelyn Denihan and Madison Allen each made five saves for the Eagles.
Szympruch racked up eight in goal for the Rockets.
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