October 01. 2013 11:43AM
The Lady Lynx found themselves playing a lot on the defensive side of the ball Monday night against top-ranked Sioux Falls Roosevelt in the 5-0 loss.
The Riders generated 22 shots on goal, while the Lynx managed to only muster two.
Brandon Valley fought valiantly to keep the game in check in the first half and went into the break with a 1-0 score.
In the second half, the Rider attack broke through, scoring two goals off corner kicks, which were followed up by two more goals to seal the 5-0 win.
For Brandon Valley, Abby Lusk had 11 saves in the first half.
“We played real well in the second half against Roosevelt,” said Lynx head coach Marlon Mollett.
BV 0, RCS 5
Rapid City Stevens maintained their No. 1 ranking by collecting a 5-0 win from Brandon Valley Friday evening at the McHardy Park Soccer Complex’
“We had hoped to catch them looking past us to Roosevelt,” Lynx assistant coach Michael Nitz said.
Haley Hoeke and Abby Lusk were in goal for the Lady Lynx. Stevens fired 20 shots at the Lynx goal, while Brandon Valley had three.
Despite the loss, Mollett says his team is playing better.
“We’re trying to keep the team more compact and move as a unit,” he said.
Brandon Valley’s post-season play will be determined Oct. 10, 11 or 12 in a state tournament play-in game. At this time, Mollett said the outlook is that the Lady Lynx will travel to either Brookings or Sioux Falls Washington.
But no matter the team’s ending this season, Mollett assures that “training will start right away for next year – guaranteed,” he said.
BV 0, SFR 3
While the 3-0 ending may not reflect it, Lynx junior varsity coach Michael Nitz deems the loss as the team’s “best overall game.”
“The girls really bounced back nice from a couple of tough losses and played their hearts out,” he said.” We still need to play a full 80-minute game, but we are getting there.”
After narrowly missing a penalty kick, the JV girls found themselves in a tight 1-0 battle until late in the second half when Nitz changed out his offense.
“We wanted to score some goals so we put an extra person on offense, which of course hurts on defense,” he said. “But I cannot be prouder of girls spirit.”
The result was two more goals by the Riders.
Emily Thompson was in goal for the Lynx, who had eight shots on goal compared to the Riders’ 14.
BV 0, RCS 2
Rapid City Stevens out-shot Brandon Valley 23-2 in the team’s 2-0 loss Friday night.
On the receiving end of Stevens’ 23 shots, was goal keeper Emily Thompson, who registered 19 saves.
“It was a great effort by her,” Coach Nitz said.
He also recognized pressure put on by Bailey Martin and Kayla Knutson and a near goal by Kate Forster.