August 21st, 2017

Rockets fall to LexCath

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor

Rockets fall to LexCath
Emma Schaefer (white jersey) dribbles the ball with Kennedy Cline watching / photo by Conor Revell

If you’re a junior or senior on Assumption’s 10th-ranked soccer team, you’re playing for your third coach in three years this season.

With a new coaching style, two key starters out (midfielder Olivia Marino and goalkeeper Alyssa Campisano), the Rockets gave a gallant effort, but fell to visiting fifth-ranked Lexington Catholic 2-0 Monday night.

“It has been tough with another coaching change,” Assumption first-year head coach Tammy Hailey said. “What we want to do is let them play the ball with their soccer skills, move it up through the middle of the field, and be confident in their playing abilities. When we’re playing together, we can move up the field, and be unstoppable. I’m happy with what I saw tonight.”

The Lady Knights Dominique Morris scored off a Kennedy Tranter assist to break the scoreless tie with 37:28 to go and then Alexis Burdine sealed the deal when she scored her goal off another Tranter assist with 20 seconds remaining.

“Kennedy (Tranter) won the ball on the end-line and crossed it,” LexCath head coach Terry Quigley said. “Dominique Morris came in, she hit it and it went in. The second goal was quite similar, it was a beautiful ball by Kennedy, and Alexis Burdine came in and finished it.”

LexCath (2-1) has been one of the state strongest programs over the last two years having been the state runner-up two consecutive seasons.

Assumption (2-1) had their chances – earning three free kicks just outside the box – and had five corner kick opportunities.

“We talked at halftime about how we needed to attack their forwards,” Assumption senior fullback Kennedy Cline said. “We have to stop Kennedy Tranter and their other forwards. We wanted the girls to girls to be on their back – high pressure, high pressure, high pressure.”

The Rockets fired 10 shots at LexCath goalkeeper Olivia Williams who made four saves.

Campisano, who is currently out with shin splints, was replaced by goalkeeper Madison Peyton who saved one of the Lady Knights six shots.

“Obviously we’re relying on Kennedy (Cline’s) leadership back there,” Hailey said. “She steps up and runs every time to try and win every ball. We’ve got another center back in Morgan Fowler that we can pull and Jessie Grunduski that I can put on the outside. My defense is still solid even without Alyssa. We just have to work out some things in the middle and work on our corners.”

Tamme hopes to have Campisano back within the next couple of weeks but stressed that it’s more important to have her at the end and not now.

“I would say it’s not the easiest thing having to play for a third coach in three years,” Cline said. “The biggest thing is we have girls coaching this year. Girls are more touchy feeling. They listen more. Tamme went to Assumption so she understands the whole feel of the school and our values. We had great coaches last year but they were kind of blinded, they didn’t really understand what we wanted and we didn’t understand what they wanted.”

Marino, Assumption top returning scorer, isn’t expected to be back for her season which means sophomore Riley Ennenbach and junior Hannah Hennessey will have added responsibilities on offense this season.

“Riley Ennenbach obviously will play a big role and Hannah Hennessey has stepped up for us,” Hailey said. “Those two will be key. Grace Moore gives us a boost whenever she steps onto the field. It’s nice to have those types of people on the field for us.”

Assumption’s schedule doesn’t get any easier as a trip to No. 7 Simon Kenton lies ahead Wednesday. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. 


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