Always competitive, the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs played an outstanding match against the Comets last Wednesday.
They struck first 12 minutes into the first half with a goal by Abby Gomez. The score followed a shot on goal by Skylar Alstadt that Michele Kissane stopped for her first of three saves in the half.
Amherst answered with three shots on goal in the period, including an accurate header by Lauren Kachure. “She’s not the tallest kid on the team but she wins the majority of headers. The effort from her, the will to win a ball is top-notch,” said coach Gary Gonzalez.
The match started with the Comets playing a cross field passing strategy. It was checked about 15 minutes into the first half by the Bulldogs.
The check pushed the match went into an ebb and flow stalemate that continued into the second half. In the first 25 minutes of the second period there were only two shots by Olmsted Falls and one by Amherst. Amherst’s shot was a penalty start by Kamryn Dziak that hit the upper bar.
“It changed into kind of a kick-and-chase thing. That’s where things fall apart for us. They got that goal and it really deflated us,” Gonzalez said. “The energy, the effort was bad. At half time I told them they’ve got to play 80 minutes. It was all effort at the end. Effort out of Sydney. Bailey was injured, came off the field and was checked out by the trainer and cleared to go. I told her there’s a game winner out there waiting.”
The beginning of the end for Olmsted Falls came with just 10 minutes remaining.
A dead-on kick by Sydney Clark tied the match at 1-1. The Bulldogs beat at Kissane with four shots on goal by Brittany Chapman, Mia Colozza, and two by Alstadt. Kissane met the challenge, keeping Olmsted Falls scoreless while collecting four more saves.
The nail in the coffin was delivered by Bailee Pihlblad with 2:49 on the clock.
Bulldogs keeper Mackenzie Simon had advanced away from the net and collided with an Amherst player. Pihlblad had a small opening while Simon was out of action and drilled the winning goal home for a 2-1 Southwestern Conference win.
Kissane ended with seven saves and Simon with four. The Bulldogs also had a single yellow card.
Carl Sullenberger | Amherst News-Times Sydney Clark grapples with Bulldog Brittany Chapman for possession of the ball. Clark made the tying goal with 10 minutes remaining in the 2-1 Amherst win.