After losing two games last week, Logan girls soccer made up for disappointment today against the Morgan Trojans by hammering their defense all the way through the second half, winning the game 5-0.
For head coach Mitch Peterson, winning was a matter of heart this time.
“If our hearts are not into it, then the execution does not matter,” Peterson said. “So, the main difference [from last week] is I think the girls are in the process of finding what they are made of and what they want to do.”
Logan spent much of the first half dancing around the net with the Trojan defense working to catch up. Logan senior Jamie Dyer wasted no time in scoring five minutes into the first half.
Dyer said the team talked about how to be more mentally prepared after Logan’s losses last week.
“The most challenging part wasn’t necessarily because of [the other team],” Dyer said. “I think it was overcoming it for ourselves. We knew we could beat [Morgan], so we just had to follow through with it and keep up with our consistency and things like that.”
After a throw-in and a shot intercepted by the Trojans’ goalie, Kanyan Ward made the Grizzlies’ second goal. Dyer made another goal shortly thereafter, bringing the score to 3-0 only a quarter of the way through the game.
Both sides took turns with the ball as Morgan tried chipping their way downfield. Megan Miner of the Trojans broke forward just before the clock went to zero with a shot at the net, intercepted by Logan’s keeper Karlee Behm.
Morgan’s defense stepped up in the second half, sending the ball down to the Grizzlies’ net several times for a scramble with Logan’s defenders. After another point by Ward, the ball stayed between midfield and the Trojan end with occasional bursts toward the Grizzlies’ keeper.
Defender Greta Held successfully routed the Morgan players several times, sending the ball out of danger for more attempts at the net.
“Morgan came out in the second half and really took control,” Peterson said. “And they had that number five (Laura Deru) playing a deep sweeper and giving us problems.”
After Logan’s Amanda Olson and Alex Hollingsworth jostled with the Morgan defenders at the net, Dyer scored the final point of the game with only six minutes left.
With their spirits up, the Grizzlies now need to work on conversions. Peterson said although his team out-shot the Trojans, they could have made more goals.
“We talked about efficiency and the attack this time,” Peterson said. “We outshot them 35-2 or something and we scored 5-0, and it should have been 15.”
Logan faces Hurricane Saturday at the Sky View soccer field at 10 a.m.