ALGONQUIN – The weather conditions didn’t suit what either team had in mind for their season opener Thursday.
Cold winds were blowing and the rain was constant. Hononegah quickly erased an early deficit, and dominated the game, defeating Jacobs 6-1.
“We really weren’t motivated at all today,” said Golden Eagles coach Stephanie Schuck. “We know that we can perform much better than today. The goal differential should never have been that high.”
The Golden Eagles (0-1) were able to take the lead, scoring the first goal of the game on a free kick from junior midfielder Amanda Pasetes.
As the score indicates, the Indians (1-0) scored six straight goals, five of which came in the first half.
“Our girls played well today,” said Hononegah coach Jeremy Aldrich. “The field held up pretty well and we did a lot of the things we wanted to. I’m proud of the outcome.”
The Indians got goals from four different players, including two each from seniors Madison Dunker and Kelsie Berg.
Dunker added an assist on a goal by Payton Sabathne.
Sabathne had two assists in the Indians’ win.
One bright spot for Jacobs came from sophomore goalkeeper Thea Robinson. She replaced starter Liz Foster at the beginning of the second half. Robinson recorded 12 saves on 13 shots, only allowing a goal off a penalty kick from Berg.
“Thea played really well,” Schuck said. “She’s was our backup today, and she made a lot of strong saves and kept the deficit what it was.”
The Golden Eagles were given a mission at halftime, trailing 5-1.
They were told to come up with a goal they wanted to achieve in the second half.
“We found out that they wanted to work on their shape,” Schuck said. “I think, in the second half, we did a much better job with that and communicating better. The girls just need to come out more focused from the beginning.”