Squaws split NHC games
The Squaws lost a tough conference match against the Norwell Lady Knights on Tuesday night, falling by a 3-2 score in a match that saw two overtime periods and a shootout, while picking up a win last Thursday against rival Columbia City, 3-0.
In the first 30 minutes of play neither team could find the back of the net. Bellmont won the possession game and outshot the Knights 13-3 in the first 45 minutes but just could not beat Norwell’s keeper Haley Heller. Norwell found a way by Bellmont’s defense with a quick counter as Halee Klopfenstein scored a goal assisted by Tasia De Leon with 13:28 left in to the first half giving the Knights a 1-0 lead heading into the locker room.
Bellmont’s freshman Bailey Beery tied the game back up 10 minutes into the second half assisted by Meredith Werling. Three minutes later Bellmont managed to take the lead with a hard diagonal run made by Amberly Guitierrez assisted with the pass by Megan Schueler.
Bellmont continued to win the possession game but Norwell would not back down and with four minutes remaining in the game Klopfenstein scored her second goal. Despite Bellmont outshooting the Knights 21-5 in the contest they found themselves going to overtime.
Last Thursday night, Bellmont notched its third victory of the season with a commanding 3-0 victory over conference-rival Columbia City.
The opening 20 minutes were like a boxing match with both teams probing the others defenses and searching for an opportunity to seize the momentum. Smitley was brilliant, making several key saves to keep the score at zero frustrating the Eagles attackers.
That frustration eventually led to a series of bad fouls and Bellmont’s first two scores. The first came in the 27th minute of play following a harsh foul on the Squaws' Werling. With the ball placed just behind the center circle, Werling’s central midfield partner Alyssa Strickler delivered the free kick resulting in a perfect 40-yard lob pass that landed directly in the path of charging attacker Bailey Beery. The freshman burst through the CC defense and cooly slotted the ball past Eagle’s keeper Adrianna Boner for the 1-0 lead. Just over 10 minutes later, junior midfielder Kylie Beery was brought down hard in the box. Strickler again took the deadball opportunity and scored on a clever penalty kick that sent Boner diving in the wrong direction. Squaws 2 Eagles 0.