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Lady Lynx soccer falls short in 2nd half attack
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

October 15. 2013 3:05PM
A second-half, two-goal comeback by the Lady Lynx wasn’t enough to overcome the Bobcats in Brookings last Tuesday. Brandon Valley fell short in the 3-2 loss.

“We really did attack in the second half,” said Lynx head coach Marlon Mollett. “We changed some things out and Sam ‘The Killer’ Sperlich, Ellie Williams and Grace Bender all came alive.”

Trailing 3-0 with about 10 minutes to play, Sperlich hit paydirt on an assist by Bender on a cross from right to the far left post of the Bobcat goal.

Just moments later, Sperlich returned the favor when she crossed the ball to Bender, who scored from about 5 yards out to make it 3-2 game.

“This was a game definitely worth staying for the full 80 minutes,” said assistant coach Mike Nitz.

Brookings broke out to a 1-0 halftime lead, and expanded it by two goals early in second half to make it 3-0.

That’s when the Lynx began their attack on the Brookings’ goal.

Shots on goal were relatively equal with a dozen for Brookings and 11 for the Lady Lynx.

Haley Hoeke and Abby Lusk were in goal for Brandon Valley. Lusk was credited with three saves and Hoeke had four.

It’s “do or die” for the Lady Lynx now, whose season could come to an end this week or extend into next week. In a state tournament play-in game, on Tuesday, Brandon Valley travels to face Pierre. The winner of that game advances to the Oct. 17-19 state tournament, which will be played in Sioux Falls.

Before the Lady Lynx take the field though, Coach Mollett said there’s still work to be done.

“I have seen improvement this year … but their attention now needs to be focused on next week.”

Jr. varsity
BV 2, Brookings 0
The Lady Lynx JV squad ended their 2013 season in a close-fought 2-0 loss.

“Brookings had been scoring lots of goals per game, so I was proud of their defensive effort,” said Coach Nitz.

Nitz said his roster of 19 players gained valuable experience this season.

“The girls learned a lot this year about the importance of playing a full 80 minutes,” he said. “Their mental toughness grew during the season.”

Following their final game of the season, Nitz recognized two seniors on the team, Leah Rohlf and Katherine Daniels.

“Katherine was new to soccer and while her minutes were short, her effort and positiveness were long,” the coach said. “Leah has been a warrior out there for years and it was good to see her out for high school soccer. She was a great captain and leader on defense, bringing energy to practices and support for teammates.”

Despite the loss of these two seniors, Nitz looks forward to a promising season next year.

“We have a very promising group of freshmen and we have good experienced upperclassmen,” he said. “I am proud of all 19 of these girls who contributed in a variety of ways. It stinks to lose games, but the girls were competitive most of the time in most of the games, and every single one of the 19 got better at soccer.”

In adition to Rohlf, Emma Bose and Kjersti Nitz served a tri-team captains.

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