A 77th minute goal by Mikayla Harvey, on a run and shot after entering the box, was the game-winner for the Chargers as they opened the season against Class 3 Glendale (Springfield, MO). It was also the first win for new Head Coach Dave Gauvain, who is reprising his role with the Chargers. He’s joined on the sidelines this year by Cor Jesu alum Rachel Brcic, seen scoring for SIUE as a senior in 2011 (I’m everywhere)
PHOTO GALLERY Cor Jesu vs Glendale.
The Chargers looked much like most of the teams I see the first two weeks of the season – some uncertainty, missed passes and not chasing the win in ways you would expect in May. As noted in my post-game chat with Mikayla, the team is working on learning the new system implemented by their new coach, a 4-2-3-1 that many of them will see in other situations as their careers progress.
The shutout was registered by Goalkeeper Sarah Robinson (Kolping) who was not tested in any significant way, while playing the entire half. On the bench was Sloane Carlson, who won a U18 State Championship this year with Lou Fusz Becher and is headed for Marquette in the Fall. The team should be solid at this position.
A few players stood out for me, besides Harvey who as a junior has been playing up with the U19 Lou Fusz Wipke squad. They are all captains, except one. On defense, Sarah Hogan in the center and Jen Seithel on the left were consistent and key to the lack of action Robinson saw on the evening. In the central midfield, sophomore Elly Krobath demanded the ball during her time and reliably held the ball while working to create options for her teammates. As the game progressed, senior captain Jessica Garland was the primary distributor.
There are seven seniors, including Meredith Verzino who is featured in the pic above. 10 juniors, 8 sophomores and a pair of freshman listed on the roster I’ll need to become more acquainted with.
Games at Edwardsville Monday, Marquette Wednesday followed by a pair of MWAA matches and the St. Louis Classic the following week will force the girls to ramp up quickly. In my early explorations on both sides of the river, the team didn’t show the strong offensive effort needed in late May (eight weeks). Despite close to a dozen set pieces, they were unable to finish. That’s one area of practice that will get plenty of attention in the coming weeks.
Video – Mikayla Harvey, post-game
PHOTO GALLERY – Cor Jesu hosts Glendale
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