On Friday, Oct. 12, the lady Rangers soccer team took on University of Illinois-Springfield. The opening whistle blew to start the game. Before I could even bat an eye, the lady Rangers scored the first goal of the game. Madison Pickett bombed a lead pass down field to Ashley Meyer, who shielded off a defender with her body to receive the pass cleanly. Ashley then floated the ball ever so perfectly over the UIS goalkeeper’s head into the net, while still being harassed by the pesky UIS defender who was hanging around like a gnat.
The lady Rangers made it known to UIS that their presence on the field was strong, and that UIS had no shot to win. The lady Rangers kept up the pressure on at the offensive end like you would with gauze to an open wound. UIS was struggling to even touch the ball, let alone clear the ball out of their zone. UIS had a few brief moments in the second half where they looked to score, but those moments were quickly taken away by the strong defense of the lady Rangers.
Overall the lady Rangers dominated the game from the opening whistle to the final whistle. This 1-0 victory was a defensive masterpiece. Great win, ladies, and best of luck in the GLVC tournament!
Article by Ryan Padlo