Meadville head coach Jim Miller pulled out his phone and took a quick picture of the scoreboard after his team’s 4-0 Region 6 win over the Hickory Hornets at Bender Field on Tuesday. The match meant more than the typical region contest.
“So many (butt)-whoppings we’ve taken from that team and to blank them 4-0, that means so much to this program,” Miller said.
“We lost to them 3-0 earlier in the year and if you watch the tape, we outpossessed them, we just couldn’t get it in (the goal),” Miller added.
This time it took just under 20 minutes for the Bulldogs to find the twine.
Meadville tallied the first goal of the game after a few shots missed wide. Phoebe Templin sparked a run down the left wing with a big
The ball rolled out to Calandria McClure who eventually worked the ball to Addie Phillis on the wing, who shot the ball from a wide angle. It tipped past the goalkeeper and rolled in.
Six minutes later, the ’Dogs got another goal off a bending shot by Liz Adams. The senior fired the shot from distance and it squeaked past for the 2-0 insurance goal. That lead held until halftime thanks to four big saves from Riley Olson.
“The 2-0 lead at halftime, I told them ‘It’s the most dangerous lead in soccer,”’ said Miller.
Meadville made things far less dangerous by keeping up the offensive pressure out of the gate. Alayna Zieziula missed a shot right just five minutes into the second half and five minutes later, the Bulldogs capitalized again on an opportunity.
Phillis dished the ball to Adams in the middle, who immediately gave it back to Phillis down the left wing on a perfect give-and-go. Phillis then ripped a shot across that Zieziula buried for the 3-0 advantage.
“These girls practice those combinations,” said Miller. “I don’t think we have seen our best yet, but this was good.”
One minute later, the ’Dogs earned a free kick. Templin sent it in and it was headed home by Zieziula to make it an insurmountable 4-0.
From there, the Bulldogs fended off a couple chances from Hickory, the best on a free kick that went just through the field goal uprights above the net.
Zieziula had two goals while Adams tallied one and two assists. Phillis added a goal and an assist while
Templin notched one helper.
Olson earned the shutout with a nine-save performance.
Meadville improves to 9-4 and 6-4 in Region 6. Hickory falls to 6-5, 6-3 in the region.
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