Smyrna scored one goal in each half in a 2-0 victory over Polytech Tuesday night in girls soccer
Smyrna’s girls’ soccer team scored a goal in each half, and their defense played airtight Thursday night, as the Lady Eagles defeated visiting Polytech 2-0 on a damp and chilly evening.
Smyrna completed a strong first half with at least four serious scoring opportunities against a young Polytech team. The first opportunity in the eighth minute of play sailed wide as did another similar shot in the 13th minute of play.
Throughout the game, Smyrna seemed slightly quicker and more aggressive to the ball.
While the offense kept up constant pressure, the Eagles defense constantly denied the Lady Panthers any high percentage shots near the Smyrna goalkeeper Kayla Kennedy.
Meanwhile, Panthers’ goalkeeper Amanda Deputy was tested on a shot in the 16th minute, with the ball just missing the post.
Smyrna finally found the back of the net with 4:02 left in the first half when sophomore Nnennaya Okorie scored from the right side after a great pass from junior Stacey Staley.
“We were running down the field when I saw an opening, and when I got there Stacey fed me a perfect pass, and I was able to put it in. When I got close to the goal, I felt confident I could finish the play,” said Okorie.
The Eagles had one more chance but could not connect, and finished the half at 1-0.
In the second half, the Smyrna offense continued to pressure Polytech. In the first five minutes, an Eagle shot hit the crossbar, but bounced out of play. Then, in the 51st minute, Samantha Greim scored an insurance goal with an assist from Okorie.
“We are coming into our own right now,” said Smyrna coach Rich Buchannan. We are playing well, and have settled in during our last two games. Our defense is very solid, and that’s a sign of good things for our team,” he said.
Polytech had very few scoring opportunities during the contest, due mostly to Smyrna’s quick and aggressive defensive.
“We had a pretty good effort tonight,” said Panther coach Dan Simmons, “ but we played too defensive minded. We are a very young team, and we are getting better. I told my girls after the game to keep their heads up, because they are gradually improving.”
Polytech is now 1-2-1 on the season, while Smyrna improved to 3-2.