Millie Schofield became the leading scorer for the Lafayette Lancers Tuesday when her third goal of the season, coming in the 106th minute of the match, decided the match.
PHOTO GALLERY – Lafayette vs Parkway South another 100 being edited still with more game details to come
Two keys to the game stood out. Sr. goalkeeper Amber Hayes was critical for the Patriots as she stopped five shots that seemed destined for the back of the net to keep the game scoreless. The other key element – stopping Sarah Sodoma. Sodoma came into the match with 16 goals, one third of the Patriots season output and one less than the Lancers had scored as a team this season. Her club teammate, Jill Wipke, marked her throughout the match, applying her experience from years of marking her in practice to the game situation tonight. The Lancer’s came in well-prepared to keep her off the board as a team but it was Wipke who took the primary responsibility.
The video below is from three Summer’s ago and features Sodoma’s high school teammate Victoria MacIntosh along with Haylie Schue and Wipke (Lafayette) following their State Cup title with Lou Fusz Wipke in 2014 and prior to playing at the Region II tournament. MacIntosh didn’t start tonight, but did come on and contribute important minutes in the middle while hindered by a knee brace. I still remember the first time I saw Sodoma and Macintosh, it was also Parkway South v Lafayette, as freshmen when I considered them the best players on the pitch for South at that time.
Maybe Arkansas State will play a match or two here in St. Louis sometime in the next two years so I can watch them work together again as they will both be Red Wolves in the Fall. Heck, they are going to be joined there by Hailey Schue (Lafayette), Megan McClure (Webster Groves) and Olivia Smith (Cor Jesu). Riley Ebenroth (St. Dominic) is transfering this season after two years at Illinois State, a move that Taylor Schneider (Lafayette) made a year ago. Kelsey Ponder (St. Joe) will be a senior goalkeeper for the Red Wolves this year.