Catoctin holds off S. Hagerstown girls soccer
Swanson and Ganley score a goal each in Cougars 2-1 triumph on Thursday evening
One shot after another failed to tickle the net Thursday evening for the Catoctin High girls soccer team at South Hagerstown High.
Some went wide, others deflected off the crossbar. But two managed to go in, and that was enough for the Cougars as they escaped with a 2-1 victory.
"We stepped up and held in the last couple of minutes," Catoctin head coach Gene Whitney said. "We need to keep performing from game to game. Our objective is not necessarily to win. We feel that if we perform in the game, the wins are just a by-product of the performance. Today was an off day for us."
Junior defender Melissa Swanson gave the Cougars a 1-0 lead with a strike midway through the first half. Alone in front of the net, junior Cheyenne Ganley knocked in what would prove to be the game-winner 22 minutes into the second.
The ball rarely found its way onto the Cougars' defensive side of the field. Catoctin (6-2-1) commanded the evening, dominating time of possession and setting the tempo.
Still the Cougars found trouble in converting. They took 28 shots, but only managed 14 on goal. A number of free kicks and promising attempts drifted harmlessly into the hands of South Hagerstown goalkeeper Juliann Tribett.
"[Not scoring] keeps it too close and definitely gets a little nerve racking," Whitney said. "As many shots as we took, we should be able to put more of them on target and try to get it into the net."
South Hagerstown (1-8-1) began to threaten late in the second half and finally struck on a goal from senior midfielder Lauren Marriner with 3:37 to go. The Rebels also had a last minute threat that was thwarted by junior keeper Caroline Grossweiler.
"I think it's good we stepped up and committed to getting to the ball," Grossweiler said.
Thursday was the second one-goal win the Cougars had recorded this week. On Tuesday they held on to defeat Smithsburg, 3-2. Whitney, who says his team is approaching the toughest portion of the schedule, thinks the upcoming stretch of games will help the Cougars in the long run.
"The close games, one goal games do prepare you mentally and make you much stronger," Whitney said. "But, you don't want to get too many of those."