ABOVE: Kelsea Kill, sophomore forward, races against a defender to get the ball out of Lady Builder territory. Kill has scored five goals so far this season. (Tessa Castor/Staff photographer)
By Tessa Castor & Octavius Ford
The Lady Moundbuilder soccer team defeated the York College Panthers with a 4–0 score Wednesday night. This win started a Lady Builder conference play record of 1-0.
The team capitalized on two fouls, which gave them two free kicks and go up 2-0 by the half. The points were scored by Sierra Salsman, junior defender, and Kelsea Kill, sophomore forward.
Melissa Larsen, senior defender, said, “We came into the game with excitement and energy, connecting well straight from kickoff. We knew what we needed to do to execute the game and start our season the way we knew could.”
The ladies played a great defensive game, allowing York College in the goal area only one time, though without any points scored.
Rylee Simon, senior forward, said, “The team was really excited to finally start conference play, especially being at home. Going into the game, we knew they played a different formation based off film, so we knew we’d have to have good communication and grit throughout the game.”
Joe Wood, head coach, said York used a motion offense. He said the ability to pass off and pick up marks, as well as communication, brought them the win tonight. He also highlighted his team’s great job at switching the field and utilizing their speed helped bring on the win.
“It is great to start out conference play with a win,” said Wood. “The girls worked really hard for tonight’s win. All of our goals came off of plays that were created with high energy and a strong work rate.”
Kryslyn Henderson, sophomore defender, said, “I’m so proud of how we worked together and the way we came out on top. Going into conference on top feels amazing.”
Emily Sutton, junior goalkeeper, said communication and passing helped the team be victorious. She said the team will take their exemplary communication onto future games and maintain a high work rate. These takeaways will be the keys to getting the same winning results in the weeks to come.
Lauren Fleischer, freshman forward, said, “It was awesome to be able to help my team win our first conference game of the season tonight. We are currently sitting at the top of our conference and plan on continuing to work hard so we can stay there.”
Simon said, “It was a battle at times, but we just played our game and worked really hard for each other and we came out with the win. Now, it’s time to focus and prepare for the next one.”
The Lady Mounbuilders will play another conference game against McPherson College at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in Richard L. Jantz Stadium.