Demon girls look to get back on winning track
The Washington High School girls’ soccer team will play its home Southeast Conference opener tomorrow at 4 p.m. The opponent will be the Keokuk Chiefs.
The Demons (2 – 3 overall, 0 – 1 in SEC play) are coming off their second-consecutive loss at Fairfield by a score of 8 – 0 last Thursday. The Chiefs (2 – 1 overall, 1 – 0 in SEC play) got a 6 – 0 victory at Mt. Pleasant last Thursday.
Junior Kayla Schindler leads Washington in goals so far this season with four. Senior Chayse Jaspering has combined three goals and two assists to tie Schindler for the team lead in points with eight.
Junior Stephanie Evans has started all five games in goal for the Demons thus far, but she has been helped out by sophomore Cheyanne Schalk.
The Chiefs are led on offense by senior Taylor Leman. Her seven goals, three assists and 17 points all lead Keokuk. Leman’s seven goals are the fourth-most in Class 2A in the state so far.
Goal so far this year for the Chiefs has been occupied by senior Malorie Mearz. Mearz has made 15 saves while allowing nine goals for a percentage of 0.625.
The challenge for Washington, besides containing Leman in the offensive zone, will be to increase its own offensive output. In two of the Demons’ five games, Washington has been shut out and in two others they managed just one goal. It may be possible against Keokuk’s suspect goalkeeping.
The Demons have been dealing with a rash of injuries lately but should be more healthy tomorrow, limiting issues in the lineup that have plagued them in previous contests.
If the Demons can keep Leman from single-handedly killing them and find a way to put a few balls past Mearz, they could very easily bring their overall and conference record back up to .500.