Manual’s girls soccer team earned its third consecutive win Thursday night, defeating Assumption 4-1. The Crimsons improve to 8-4-1 while the Rockets drop to 5-5-3.
“We did some things well,” said Manual head coach Sheri Kiser. “We actually didn’t capitalize on some of the opportunities we had early and that kept Assumption in the game. We could’ve done better.
“We’ve talked a lot about being more offensive and taking advantage of our opportunities. We scored four goals, but we didn’t take advantage in the first half which would have put them out of the game.”
Kira Adkins put Manual in the lead with a goal in the 14th minute, her 15th goal of the season. Seconds before halftime, Sofia Mitchell scored to put the Crimsons ahead 2-0 at halftime.
“We came out lackluster in the first half. No heart,” said Assumption head coach Tammy Hailey. “We didn’t put any passes together which is usually our forte. We’re down a couple of players, but I’ve told our players from the beginning that we have the talent to do it, even with our players that are hurt. We just have to believe in ourselves and I don’t think we did in the first half.”
Savina Zamborini, Manual’s leading scorer and University of Louisville commit, put the game out of reach with a goal in the 55th minute, and again in the 57th minute.
“On the two goals that I got, they were great ball from my teammates from the middle. They saw that we had a bunch of space in the back, and we took advantage of that,” said Zamborini.
“We moved her to play a little higher and that opened up the space for her, and allowed us to get her in behind their backline,” said Kiser. “When she gets the ball and she’s headed toward the goal, you’re going to have to do something pretty special to get it away from her.”
The Rockets avoided the shutout when Alex Cissell scored her first goal of the season in the 67th minute. Assumption is dealing with some injuries, but coach Hailey refuses to use it as an excuse.
“Any team when you lose a lot of players, you have to start with the core and get the morale boosted, and get some heart in there, and make them believe in themselves. I think once they start believing that they can do it, they have the technical talent to do it. We just have to make them believe in it.”
Manual returns to action next Monday at Central while Assumption hosts Lexington Catholic on Saturday