Two foes mount second half rallies

Panther goalkeeper Hannah Ahlrichs scoops up the ball in front of the Monticello net May 6 at Tipton. (Photos courtesy of Ryan Stonebraker, Tipton Conservative)

Gracie Tuel launches a goal kick for Monticello in the Tipton match.
Pete Temple
Express Sports Editor

     Monticello had strong first half performances in both of its girls soccer matches last week, but second half rallies from both opponents turned those contests into losses.

     The Panthers (1-7) opened the week with a match at Tipton May 6. The host Tigers scored the only goal of the first half, leading 1-0 at the break.

     “The defenses took charge for most of the first half,” Monticello coach Bruce Feuling said.

     Tipton then scored four more times in the second half on the way to a 5-0 win.

     Tipton finished with seven shots on goal, while Monticello had two, one each by Gabrielle Guilford and Hannah Ahlrichs.

     Ahlrichs was the starting goalkeeper for Monticello, playing 62 minutes and making six saves. Becky Lang played the final 18 minutes in goal and made three stops.

     Monticello then made a trip to Goose Lake May 7 to take on Northeast, and was handed a 5-1 defeat.

     The Panthers scored first, five minutes into the match, when Bella Mullen kicked in a corner kick from Delaney Peitz.

     The 1-0 lead held up until Northeast tied the match with seven minutes left in the first half. The score remained tied 1-1 into halftime.

     “The Rebels took advantage of the wind in the second half and tallied another four goals to win the match,” Feuling said.

     The Panthers had six shots on goal against Northeast, all by Guilford. Ahlrichs played the entire match in goal and made 13 saves.

     “We had a fun match with the Rebels,” the coach said.

     Earlier, the Panthers played at Marion May 3, and lost 10-0. Ahlrichs made 12 saves.

     There was also a junior varsity match, which Monticello lost 8-1. Sarah Spence scored the Panther goal with 18 minutes left in the match. Lang made 20 saves as the Monticello goalkeeper.



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