On the soccer pitch this past week, Geneseo went 1-0-1 at home with a win over Alleman and a tie with foe Peoria Notre?Dame.
Geneseo vs. Alleman
A goal within the first 31 seconds of play March 27 proved to be all the Lady Leafs would need to defeat visiting Alleman, but Geneseo didn’t stop there as the squad punched through five more goals for a 6-0 shut out.
“The girls, overall, in my opinion, didn’t play well, “ said head coach Ian Kline. “They started out fine, running hard and playing well, but later in the game started getting lazy. They dropped down to the level of our opponent, but picked it back up during the end.”
Kelsey Nystrom got the Lady Leafs off to a quick start as she punched in the first goal of the game at :31, unassisted to put Geneseo up 1-0.
Nystrom later knocked in her second goal of the game on the assist from Alex Radue at 6:38 for the 2-0 lead.
Allison Brasche added a goal on the assist from Kylie Gerhardt at 17:19, while Jenny?Ford scored on the assist from Radue at 21:36 to put Geneseo up, 4-0 at the half.
After the break, Dani Manna knocked through an unassisted goal at 71:21, which was followed by a n unassisted Hannah?Pace at 74:12 to close out the game.
Geneseo finished the game with 21 shots on goal and Darci Dietrich had zero saves in the net.
Alleman was held without a shot on goal in the contest, while the Pioneer goal made 13 saves.
Geneseo vs. Peoria Notre Dame
The Lady Leafs knew they would have a battle on their hands when Peoria Notre Dame came to town March 24 and both teams did not disappoint as the closely contested game ended in a 1-1 tie.
“The girls were ready to play and played a decent game, but I thought we played a little better game than Notre Dame did,” said Kline. “If we would have communicated a little better on the field we could have won that game.”
Heather Setser gave Geneseo the lead in the first half with a goal on the assist from Ford at the 18:09-mark. Geneseo took the 1-0 lead into halftime.
Peoria Notre?Dame’s Elizabeth Mills tied the game at 1-1 on an unassisted goal just after the half at 42:07.
The game remained deadlocked at 1-1 through the remainder of the game.
“Overall, the team played well, but we didn’t finish a couple of opportunities,” said Kline.?“We dominated the majority of the chances, but didn’t make them count.”
Geneseo finished the contest with five shots on goal and Peoria Notre Dame took three.
The Lady Leafs’ Dietrich made two saves in the net, while Peoria Notre Dame’s goalie had four saves.
“Darci does a good job and she is really learning in every game,” said Kline.?“She has a lot of potential and skill and is taking those chances she has to get better. She can’t stand to be scored on, and she is one of the hardest workers in practice, which is what I want to see.”
Geneseo (3-0-1 overall) will be on the road next against Streator at 4:30 p.m. April 3.