Watters nets five goals in loss
Sarah Watters (Cincinnati, OH/Turpin) put away five goals in Wilmington's 19-7 loss to Mount St. Joseph Tuesday at Williams Stadium. The Quakers fell behind early from great offensive sets from Mount St. Joseph's attack.
The Mount jumped out to an 11-3 halftime lead after another slow start from the Lady Quakers. Wilmington was down 4-0 before they got their first goal on the day from Rachel Gutowksi (Petoskey, MI/Petoskey).
Head coach Brett Yenger was satisfied with her team's improved play on defense to follow their defensive responsibilities in 1-on-1 situations. The Quakers defense haves limited their defensive penalties, and have done an excellent job of putting pressure on opposing offenses. Communication is another piece that has improved from their work in practice.
"We marked up much better and Mount St. Joe's had some offensive plays and techniques I was aware of that we weren't used to defending, but our game plan was to keep it simple and mark 1-on-1 and we were much more aware of help defense and the screens made us communicate better especially on defense," said Yenger.
Another adjustment Yenger made is having Watters contest for draw control instead of Gutowski which was made by Yenger to promote to her players how she wants each player to focus on their particular role in their respective position rather than everyone focus on just scoring.
"We discussed stats versus final result before the game where I wanted players to zone in on their individual assignment of winning ground balls or winning draw controls and it helped them focus individually rather than just to score and it worked for us," said Yenger.
Karalyne Brown (Somerset, NJ/Franklin) has been as consistent as a goalie can be with as many shots she faces in a particular game. She has carried a heavy responsibility and shown a lot of mental toughness of carrying on in the net despite the many tough angle shots she faces on a given day.
"Karalyne has been consistent for us and the way Mount St. Joe's shot just threw her off a bit...its been tough for her to adjust to the angle she is getting shot on and that is a tribute to how well opposing teams have been playing," said Yenger.
The Quakers return to action when they travel to Hiram 1 p.m. Saturday after a few days of practice where Yenger will work on stick protection and trying to create some movement in offensive sets.
"We still need to work on stick protection and handling the ball on offense with some more care as we develop more complex strategies and ideas on offense, but the important part is we are progressing every game and one of out goals has been to score more goals than we did in the last game and we were able to accomplish that today," said Yenger.