Washington girls lose conference match to Keokuk Chiefs
The most difficult win to get when a team is on a losing streak is the one that will break the streak. For the Washington High School girls’ soccer team, the problem certainly isn’t a lack of effort.
The Demons fell to the Keokuk Chiefs in a Southeast Conference match 5 – 1 at home last night.
Keokuk struck first, putting a ball past Demon keeper junior Stephanie Evans early in the first half. Washington answered shortly, as junior Malary Horak broke away from the Chief defense and made a beautiful center pass which met with the feet of sophomore Cheyanne Schalk. Schalk was able to take advantage of the Chief keeper being out of position and put the ball into the net. The match went into the half tied at one goal for each team.
The Demon defense which had been rather stout in the first half laxed in the early part of the second half, putting a lot of pressure on Evans with a barrage of shots. Keokuk scored four goals in a six-minute stretch to demoralize Washington and claim the victory.
“We had problems with team effort and communication this afternoon. The girls took a mental hit from the goals and didn’t recover from it. We’re going to work on communicating and playing as a unit from here on out. If we have teamwork and communication the whole way through, win or lose, if the girls give it their all, we can’t be upset about that,” Washington head coach Kyle Collins said.
Evans played all 80 minutes in goal for the Demons, making 11 saves.
Washington falls to 2 – 4 overall, 0 – 2 in conference matches. The Demons will have another chance to get a conference win tomorrow at home against Fort Madison.