The Lafayette Lancers scored late in first half on a corner kick and the defense held on for the 1-0 win over Marquette on Wednesday. The corner kick was taken by Kendra Erickson who found Cassidy Klohmann on the far side of the six yard box. Klohmann’s header was knocked down by Lydia Harris was the first to pounce, punching it in just inside the upright.
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Harris, a senior, partnered with So. Jessica Ehrmann in the central midfield and they were able to create a number of chances with their attack down the wings in particular. They were able to go forward thanks to the back line led by seniors Jill Wipke and Kathleen Kenny while jr. Cate Behl at stopper was a force in the middle. It’s a roster dominated by upper classmen but Behl is joined by Fr. Brynn Jeffries in starting. You may remember Jeffries from this interview in November when she helped lead the 2003 Missouri Rush team to a State title over SLSG Premier.
Jr. Jessica Bulanda stood out for me as she partnered with Ashley Hansen in the defensive midfield. Their favorite target was So. Catie Chismarich who put herself in a good position to be an outlet as well as driving the attack with her non-stop effort. The Mustangs are a much younger team with five sophomores starting, including a pair of backs in Keri Wood on the wing and Tessa Kreikemeier in the center. Jr Alison Claypool on the wing helped blunt the attack while also showing good vision and dribbling skills, helping start the attack. It was a group that has been getting settled and narrowing the gap with only five goals allowed in April. They also have a freshman in Megan Jette, who was also part of the 2003 Missouri Rush championship team, who got regular minutes as a sub in the midfield, including at the attacking position. She brought a strong spark for the Mustangs off the bench and will make a larger impact as the season progresses, I’m sure.
The game will help establish District seeding for one of the more stable Districts, one dominated by Eureka the last three years. Marquette won in 2014 but ran into eventual State Champions St. Joseph in the Sectional. Eureka stands at 7-3, the same record as last season at this point, with losses to St. Joseph and Lindbergh locally. Lafayette stands at 6-1 with a loss to Parkway South on Tuesday the only blemish and have a 2-0 win over Lindbergh. Marquette opened 0-5 but have gone 3-2 in April with wins over Summit, Northwest and Mehlville.
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