August 23rd, 2018

Rockets fall to Pioneers

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor

Rockets fall to Pioneers
Cayla Colemann (white jersey) scored the goal / photo by Conor Revell

You would have never guessed that Simon Kenton’s fifth-ranked soccer team had a three and a half hour bus-ride to Assumption.

The Pioneers hopped off the bus and scored early to dismantle the host 15th-ranked Rockets 1-0 Wednesday night.

“We had to stop the ball out of the air,” Assumption head coach Tammy Hailey said. “They like to run up and get ahead. Our goal was to move our defense up so that we could tighten up that area and give them less space. I think that helped us. In the second half they maybe only got two ball over our heads.”

Cayla Colemann headed in a corner kick from Sierra Petty for the game lone goal with 18:01 to play in the first half.

“It was off a corner,” Simon Kenton head coach Rob Zoeller said. “Petty made a nice pass.”

Simon Kenton (3-1) fired 10 shots at Assumption goalkeeper Madison Peyton stopped five shots.

“I think after that goal we got nervous because they kicking those long balls up top that we aren’t used to playing defense on,” Hailey said. “We started backing up and let them do what they want instead of taking over. We lost our midfield most of the first half.”

The Rockets (2-1) took six shots while Pioneer goalkeeper Skylin Yates made three saves.

Assumption had two corners, Simon Kenton had seven corners.

“We did some good stuff and after a three and a half hour trip I can’t fault our kids,” Zoeller said. “This was after we played Notre Dame Saturday and were up 2-1 and had two penalties against us in the last four minutes of the game. It was a good recovery after that.

“The last two games against Assumption have been a draw. It’s nice to get a win on the road. Prayers to the people in the accident. Us being stuck in traffic is nothing compared to what they’re dealing with. My team learned a lot today.”

The Rockets had a sluggish first half not taking one shot and having one corner as the Pioneers fired six shots and five corners.

“I think we started playing our game instead of just taking what they were giving us,” Hannah Hennessey said. “We started connecting pass and were doing what we wanted to do. We stopped kicking the ball and started stringing passes together and moved forward.”

Assumption won’t make excuses, but star forward and scorer Riley Ennenbach was out with a bruised thigh and center-back Gabby Hibbs has a torn meniscus, both are expected within two weeks.

“Absolutely, I would have loved to played Simon Kenton with them,” Hailey said. “We have a couple of injuries but it’s early in the season and I think if we could play them when we’re at full-force it would be an even better game.”


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