Ellis soccer loses OT battle
Published 8:40 am Thursday, March 18, 2021
The Ellis soccer team lost 2-1 in overtime to Forbush and 5-2 to Wesleyan Christian Academy last week.
In the overtime battle, Lylah McGowan gave the Jaguars a 1-0 halftime lead. At that point, she had four of Ellis’ six goals on the year.
But the Falcons tied it midway through the second half and scored in OT to hand Ellis the narrow defeat.
“All the girls played well and the game was evenly matched,” coach Leah Reynolds said.
Against Wesleyan, the Jaguars dug a 3-0 hole before Ava Williams scored. That’s where it stood at halftime.
“AuBrie Pulaski had great saves to keep Wesleyan at three goals in the first half,” Reynolds said.
After the Trojans scored in the second half, Emmie Burris pulled Ellis within 4-2. Then Wesleyan made sure Ellis fell to 1-3 by hitting a corner kick.
“Our defense played strong in the back, and our midfield and forwards played strong defense in the upper half of the field,” Reynolds said. “In the second half, we came out stronger, passing better and communicating with each other.”
North Davie lost 4-1 to Wesleyan. The goal belonged to Rachel Rodriguez, who knocked in her fifth of the season.
“Caroline Mitchell and Julia Hines had some shots that hit the post, and (goalie) Bailey Schultze had some great saves,” coach Daniel Gamble said. “Once again we played much better than the score demonstrates. It was 2-1 for most of the game. We keep improving and I can’t complain about anything.”
Canterbury punished South Davie 7-0 earlier in the season, so North knew it would have a tall order against the Cougars. Sure enough, Canterbury dominated the Wildcats 8-1.
Monica Ramirez had the goal for North (0-4).
South Davie was defeated 5-2 at Summit. Cat Rosser had both goals, giving her six in four games. Jaylene Rivera assisted one of them. The second loss in a row dropped South to 1-3.