The Saline varsity girls soccer team is hitting its stride in time for the SEC Red Season.
Nora Udrys, Bella Petrock and Genesis Pena scored as Saline defeated Pioneer 3-0 Tuesday on a chilly, windy night Saline High School. Annika Udrys recorded the shutout in goal.
Saline, which started the season with two losses, is undefeated in three games since the SEC Red schedule began. Saline head coach Dana Rosselot said the 3-0 win was a nice reward for a team that worked hard and played well but lost those early games.
“This early part of the season, you try a lot of different things and have a lot of different looks. We’ve had a pretty challenging schedule. We’ve worked hard and I think tonight’s score reflects that work,” Rosselot said.
Rosselot said her team performed well on both ends of the field.
“Defensively we were composed and contained their attack. But offensively we put an emphasis on pushing it forward and rewarding ourselves,” Rosselot said.
Saline poured on the pressure early. Senior Morgan Jones, back from Texas, fired two hard shots on goal from the left wing. On the other wing, freshman Lauren Rubin used her speed to break in alone on goal. She chose to try and pass to Jones, but the pass was deflected away.
Junior Nora Udrys put the Hornets on the board midway through the first half. Bella Petrock got the play started at midfield, passing forward to Annika Dahlmann. She spotted Udrys streaking up to her right. Pioneer’s defenders got caught flatfooted and Udrys ran past them, broke in one-on-one with the goalie and then touched the ball into the goal.
Saline continued to apply pressure but wasn’t rewarded again until late in the second half. Morgan Jones, on the right side, dropped a pass to Liz Sekerak, who shot up the right wing like a bolt. Saline charged up the middle with numbers. Sekerak centered to the later girl, Bella Petrock, and she one-timed a shot off the goalie’s hand and into the goal.
Only moments later, Saline added to its lead. After a free kick, Genesis Pena came out of the scrum with the ball and scored with a low shot.
Rosselot said it was important the team be rewarded for pushing the play.
“When you push the ball forward like we did tonight, you want to be rewarded. So to get those late two goals like we did tonight was a reflection of what really happened here tonight,” Rosselot said. “We’ve worked hard all season. I think tonight’s score reflects how hard we’ve worked.”
The Saline Post 3 Stars:
- Bella Petrock – She was a wall at midfield and helped Pioneer attacks right back into their own zone. Her laser beam of a goal was a reminder of how hard she can shoot the ball.
- Genesis Pena – Like Petrock, she played a strong game at midfield. She was also rewarded with goal.
- Morgan Jones – There were lots of Hornets who deserved mention, including goal scorer Nora Udrys and Annika Dahlmann, but Jones dominated at times. She can dribble in tight quarters or use her speed for separation. At times she seems able to use her length to release shots most girls couldn’t reach. Having Jones back is a big score for Saline.