CAMDEN — The Preble Shawnee girls’ soccer team finished the first week of their season with an unblemished 2-0 record. The Arrows hosted Eaton for their season opener, beating the Eagles 3-0. They then traveled to Sandusky on Saturday, and won that contest, 5-0.
“The first game or two of the season is usually a crap shoot, especially when the teams are relatively evenly matched. We are still trying to identify ourselves as a team and the emotions of a new season can be a positive or a negative,” said head coach Kevin Schaffer. “Quite frankly, you never really know what you’re going to get from your opponents, let alone your own team.”
The Arrows started off crisp and poised against the new-look Eaton squad. Schaffer said his team’s passing was “spot on” and their possessions were “well maintained.”
At the half-way point of the first half, Meagan Lindon was able to score off a cross pass from Mariah Wilson.
After the great start though, the Arrows started playing an entirely different game than their head coach wanted them to.
“We started playing with one pass from our midfielders to our forwards who had multiple chances running straight at goal,” said Schaffer.
Schaffer explains why this strategy is not ideal for his team: “What happens when our midfielders make one pass to our forwards is that our forwards take off down field and our midfielders take off down field. If we don’t finish with a goal and Eaton counters, it leaves us with no defending midfield and, worse yet, a midfield that gets gassed way too quickly because they have to sprint up and down and up and down the field.”
Despite the change in play, the Arrows took the 1-0 lead into the half, where the issue was adjusted.
Wilson and Alyssa Davidson were both able to put the ball in the back of the net in the second half for against the Eagles, bringing the final to 3-0.
“I’m glad to say that our youth really played well tonight. Saylor (Jewell) was a constant threat up top. Alyssa Davidson was a physical presence as a forward. Skylar Hall offered some much needed ‘slow-down play’ in the midfield. Olivia Rader played exceptionally well in her first varsity game as a starting defender and when Wilson decided to really go, she looked like the best player on the field,” said Schaffer. “Of course, our upperclassmen did exactly what I expected as well. Solid possession. Quick decision-making. Great shape on defense.”
The Arrows then traveled over to Sandusky, where they dominated in a 5-0 shutout. They only took a 1-0 lead into half, scoring around the fifteen-minute mark.
Shawnee came out in the second half refocused though, and were able to put on a clinic for the crowd. Davidson, Jewell, and Lindon accounted for the four-goal performance
Shawnee even made some time for fun on their long road trip.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend to start off our first week of league play. We enjoyed a full day at Cedar Point on Friday and a momentum building win on Saturday,” said Schaffer.
After Eaton lost to Shawnee, they had to travel to Edgewood on Saturday, where they lost 7-1.
“The scoreboard does not indicate the game. The girls played tough, spirited, and battled heat while only having a couple subs due to injuries,” said head coach Michael Bacher.
It was 1-0 for the first 25 minutes of the first half before fatigue got the best of the Eagles. The last 15 minutes of first half, Edgewood found the back of the net three times.
Kristy Floyd scored the loan goal for Eaton.
The Eagles are 0-2 on the season. They opened up league-play on Tuesday when the hosted Franklin. Eaton also hosts Bellbrook on Thursday and Greenville on Saturday.