The first game of a soccer doubleheader Thursday night at Northwest High School pitted the Northwest Mohawks against the West Portsmouth Senators in girls soccer action.
West entered the game looking for their first win of the season, while Northwest was looking to even up their record early on.
Both teams were evenly matched throughout most of the game. The Mohawks record 11 shots and had five saves in the goal, while the Senators had 12 shots and posted eight saves.
“It was a very good game played by both teams,” West head coach Tom Hoggard said. “They played hard, we played hard, it was even. We both had about the same number of shots, saves were about even on the goals, but they had one go in and we didn’t.”
Northwest scored the lone goal of the game in the first half, when Ellie Curtis put the Mohawks on the board with 7:35 remaining before the break.
“It was a good play,” Hoggard said. “They caught us in a counter attack and took advantage of that.”
Curtis is only a freshman, and her head coach Tim Amburgey thinks she has a ton of potential.
“Ellie is a very strong freshman who has a very positive future in the game of soccer if she continues to work hard,” Amburgey said.
The Mohawks rely on a very young group of players. Seven of Northwest’s 11 starters yesterday were underclassmen, and Amburgey says his group is continuing to gain valuable experience as the season progresses.
“We’ve got four freshman [and] four sophomores playing out on the field,” Amburgey said. “So, while we’ve got a lot of youngsters, we’re kind of learning as we go.”
West also has a lot of youth on their roster. The Senators started four freshman in this game, alongside five seniors and two juniors.
With a lot of inexperience on both sides, both coaches are hoping their girls can learn some valuable lessons early on to prepare for the rest of the season.
“I can’t say anything that I would like to see different,” Hoggard said about his team’s performance. “They’re working hard and getting better.”
Amburgey has noticed his team improving as the season has went on, too. “Every game, we’ve improved a little bit from our first scrimmages through the rest of the season,” Amburgey said. “That continued tonight, it’s been little baby steps.”
With conference play underway, both teams will certainly learn the ropes quickly. West (0-4) will host Minford next Wednesday, and Northwest (2-2) will travel to Waverly next Tuesday.
Reach Benjamin Spicer at (502)264-7318 or on Twitter @BSpicerPDT