October 20th, 2017

Rockets fall to Manual in semis

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor

Rockets fall to Manual in semis
Rockets and Crimsons fight for the ball / photo by Conor Revell

The Assumption and Manual soccer teams left Thursday night’s Seventh Region semifinal game with two different emotions.

For Manual, a monkey was off their back - beating the Rockets 4-1 in PKs and won 2-1 to advance to the Seventh Region title game after suffering an overtime and PK loss to the same team in the same game in each of the previous two years.

“This team has the best work ethic of any team that I have ever coached,” Manual head coach Sheri Kiser said. “They have a good attitude, they’re great kids, and have a lot of fun. Look at them over there right now (celebrating).”

Assumption (13-8-4) left the game feeling heartbroken and worried. Star sophomore striker Riley Ennenbach was involved in a collision with 7:01 to play in the contest and had to be carted off the field via ambulance.

“I hope that she will be okay, I think it was a whiplash injury,” Assumption head coach Tammy Hailey said. “I don’t think it was a concussion, she had a knot that came out so hopefully that’s a good thing.”  

There was a 25 minutes delay with Ennenbach’s injury.

“With an injury, it can go one of two ways,” Hailey said. "It can really fire you up, and get you going, or it can scare you to death. I think we were a mix of both, we didn’t know what to do at that point. We played soccer and laid everything out on the field but I definitely think it shook them up.”

The score was tied at one at the end of regulation and neither team was able to score during the two five minute overtimes.

“Obviously you never want to see a player go down like that,” Kiser said. “But I called all my players over here and told them to get a coat on and stay warm. It was getting cold, the other team did the same thing, it was a long wait but you want the best thing for the injured player.”

Manual goalkeeper Autumn Wilding and Assumption keeper Alyssa Campisano went to battle in PKs.

The Crimsons (14-5-1) didn’t miss a shot as Isabella Zamborini, Jolene Ballard, Savina Zamborini, and Catherine Allgeier made their shots.

It was Allgeier's shot that sent Manual into a frenzy.

Katelyn Farmer and Katie Howard missed for the Rockets while Kacy Nalley made her shot.

“It’s a total flip of the coin with PKs,” Hailey said. “We practiced PKs all week. We had girls that consistently made them and those are the girls who took the first five. The Manual goalkeeper made two really great saves. It is what it is.”

Wilding made two great saves as all three shots were on target.

“My goalkeeper has the confidence that you need,” Kiser said. “It’s just you and one other player.”

It was Ennenbach that put the Rockets up 1-0 with 26:39 to play in the first half with a flick off a Hannah Hennessey assist.

“It was a little flick,” Tammy said. “She has been close to getting that goal all season long. It was a pass from Hannah and then a little flick into the goal.”

Zamborini tied the game with a free-kick from 20 yards out on the right side and the ball rolled past Campisano and into the right corner of the net with 23:33 to go.

“We work on set pieces a lot in practices,” Kiser said. “We know those are opportunities we are going to get that are going to make a difference in games. I had confidence in her and she does her job every day.”

Manual fired nine shots while Campisano made five saves.

Assumption blasted 11 shots with Wilding making seven saves.

The Rockets say goodbye to seniors Emma Schaefer, Lindsay Reynolds, Morgan Fowler, Kaitlyn Revell, Jessie Grunduski, Kennedy Cline, Olivia Marino, as well Campisano and Howard.

“Honestly, these girls have taught more about life than soccer, they have taught me how to be a better person,” Hailey said. “They have made me a better coach. They welcomed me with open arms and worked with me through adversity and certain situations and have made me want to be a better person.”

The Crimsons will play Sacred Heart at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Seventh Region championship at Male. 


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