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Late score leads Triad past Mascoutah

By Anthony Jones

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TROY — Triad girls soccer knows they have a target on their back each time they step on the field in Mississippi Valley Conference play.

That statement was certainly true on Mar. 28, when they hosted Mascoutah in a battle of teams off to 1-0 starts in league play. Entering the matchup, the Lady Knights held a perfect 52-0 record against the Indians in the twenty-first century.

“We knew Mascoutah was going to come to play. We don’t take them lightly and they worked hard. We were in their end and we just couldn’t get in the box–that’s a testament to how they were playing,” Coach Matt Bettlach said of the Indians’ road effort.

In the first half, Triad kept a majority of the possession but still found scoring chances far and few between. The game’s first dangerous look, which belonged to Mascoutah, came after 26 minutes of play.

The scoreless draw was ultimately broken with six minutes left in the half as Triad junior Alina Ayran flicked a shot just below the crossbar. Sophia Bohnak assisted on the lead-taking strike after fielding a 45 yard free kick from Isabel Boyd.

Mascoutah did not stay in their 1-0 hole for long however. Just five minutes into the second half, the visitor’s would equalize on a 28 yard strike that found its way just beneath the crossbar.

With just seven minutes remaining in regulation, the Lady Knights saw a promising opportunity to regain the lead when they were awarded a free kick just four yards beyond the penalty area on the left wing.

Sophomore Kamryn Bohnenstiehl, who drew the foul, took the look that would loft into a busy box. Fellow sophomore London Looby swiped the well placed ball out of the air to push Triad ahead 2-1.

Bettlach recounted his team’s second tally off a free kick, “We ran it just like a corner kick, but it was a great ball by Kamryn Bohnenstiehl and an even better finish by London Looby. In games like this, when you can’t get shots off or you can’t get in the box because of how they play, you have to take advantage of the set pieces.”

The late goal would prove to be the contest’s last, leaving the Lady Knights 2-0 in conference play. Triad now holds a 3-3 overall mark.

In their next two matches, the squad will continue MVC action as they host 5-0-1 Waterloo on Apr. 2 and 5-3 Civic Memorial on Apr. 2.

Elated teammates celebrate London Looby’s late winner. (Photo by Anthony Jones)

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