WOOD RIVER — The Civic Memorial Eagles soccer team overcame a two goal deficit to tie the Roxana Shells 2-2 in Tuesday's non-conference contest at Victory Field.
“It was a good thing for these girls to come from behind like they did,” Civic Memorial coach Eric Zyung said. “It says a lot about our girls.”
The Shells (1-0-1) established a 1-0 lead early in the second half when freshmen Abby Kurth scored with 23:09 left to play in the first half. Kurth scored just feet from the goal, as she fired off a shot from the south side of the goal that landed in the north side. It came a day after Kurth logged a hat trick in the Shells' 5-0 win over Metro East Lutheran.
Roxana went up 2-0 when Emma Lucas scored with 9:39 left to play. Lucas took control of the ball approximately 25 feet from the goal, dribbled in toward the goal and fired off a shot approximately eight feet from the goal that landed in the south side.
The Eagles' (0-0-1) Cassie Hall shattered Roxana’s scoring momentum when she netted a goal with 50 seconds left to dwindle the deficit to 2-1. A shot fired off just feet from the goal, Hall stood on the south side of the goal and kicked the ball into the north side.
The contest was played on both sides of the field in the second half. In the first 20 minutes of play, Roxana placed three shots on goal while CM mustered one.
Sophomore Morgan Wilson scored the tying goal for the Eagles with 11:47 left in the contest. Wilson fired off a shot that was initially saved by Roxana goalkeeper Braden Lackey, but Wilson was there for the rebound play.
“It really meant a lot,” Wilson said. “It meant a lot for us not to lose.”
Zyung talked about his team’s youth and his team’s trouble in winning balls in the air.
“It’s tough when you lose half of your team,” he said. “We’re learning still. We have to do better when it comes to effort. Our effort wasn’t the best today. I thought they beat us to a lot of balls, they got a lot of 50/50 balls.”
Roxana coach Lori Yates thought her team executed the plan well.
“It was a great match,” she said. “We came out strong. We kept up the pressure and didn’t stop. Our offense moved the ball. It’s a great positive for us.”
Both teams showcased their speed and endurance, running up and down the field in the first and second half.
“I think it was,” Yates said of her team’s conditioning. “We’re lucky to have a bench with some depth in it. I’m very proud of the girls today.”