Lady Indian Soccer team's defense stands tall
Berkeley Springs allowed one goal in two games last week, helping the Indian soccer team finish the week with one win, one loss and a tie.
"I think our defense has played well all year," said Berkeley Springs girls soccer coach Rocky Riffle. "They have kept us in a lot of games and have done a very good job. It is a tough job, because you usually don't get recognized for it, but make no mistake these girls take a lot of pride in being good at what they do."
The Lady Indians had a formidable task to begin the week, with a very solid Class AAA team, Musselman, visiting Berkeley Springs on Tuesday, October 2. Musselman came out on fire, scoring four goals before the halftime intermission for a 4-0 lead. But, give the Tribe some credit for not folding their tents. They took it to Musselman in the second half, outscoring their Berkeley County rival 3-2, to make the final Musselman 6, Berkeley Springs 3.
Meghann Mock had a hand, or should I say a foot, in all three of Berkeley Springs' goals. The talented senior scored twice and assisted on another goal, while Brooke Young scored once and had an assist on one of Mock's goals. Jordan Reedy also was credited with an assist.
Amanda Waltman recorded 15 saves in the loss.
"Musselman is very good and I'm proud of the effort our girls gave," Riffle said.
On Thursday, October 6, the Indians shut out Keyser in a low-scoring contest, 1-0.
Waltman recorded her sixth shut out of the season stopping 11 shots and Mock scored the lone goal on an assist from Rebecca Trump.
"This was an important win for us, with the sectionals coming up soon," said a pleased Riffle. "This was a total team effort and we had a lot of unsung heroes in this game."
A shorthanded Indian squad traveled to Hampshire County on Saturday, October 6, to take on the Trojans for the first time this year and came home with a satisfying 1-1 tie. Berkeley Springs was missing goal keeper Waltman and Mock, who were taking college entrance exams.
"I'll tell you one thing, I couldn't be prouder of an effort than I am right now," said Riffle. "They really fought hard and gave everything they had. They were facing some real adversity and came through in fine fashion."
Trump scored the lone Indian goal, but it was Reedy that really received the most praise from Riffle.
"Jordan did an outstanding job in goal today," Riffle said. "She was very unselfish and stepped in for Amanda and was just terrific. She stopped 13 shots, including a penalty kick. I thought she was outstanding. I am so proud of each and every player. This game showed the kind of character these girls have."
Berkeley Springs, which stands at 7-7-3 on the year, will end the regular season this week with games against Frankfort and Clear Spring. The Indians travel to Frankfort, today, October 10, before playing at Clear Spring on Saturday, October 13.
Berkeley Springs will then head into sectional play on October 16 and 17, although the location and opponents are yet to be determined.