The Liberty Eagles scored a goal in each half and got strong goalkeeping from Sr. Amy Carnahan to hold off a talented Rosati-Kain squad Thursday at the Peyton’s Pals tournament being held at Pattonville. The game-winner was scored by Kaitlyn Theriot from the spot when the ref called a foul on an R-K player who had run down an attacker and gotten between her and the ball. Obviously saw something I missed. Theriot put her ball into the lower right corner and the Eagles led. Amy Carnahan Helps Liberty Hold Off Rosati-Kain
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The PK came in the 14th minute, after an injury break that saw the Kougars lose Fr. Kailyn Bridges who went down with a sprained ankle. A tough loss as she’s a leader on the front line. She and Sr. Bridget Kelly are the key targets and each had early opportunities snuffed by Carnahan.
The Kougars fought back and had a good run of play in the final 10 minutes of the half with a pair shots on the goal. It wasn’t one-sided however with Rosati’s keeper Analiese Wilmsmeyer called on to making a diving save of her own in the 37th to keep things close going into the second half.
Rosati came out strong in the second half in an effort to equalize but Carnahan continued her strong effort, leaping to punch a corner kick away (pictured above) and later getting to a second one that appeared destined to curl in with the wind. Carnahan impressed me with her steady and reliable play, covering the entire 18, and handling several breakaway attempts by coming out strong to block or force wide shots.
The Kougar’s goal was scored by Sr. Miranda Pratt (MO Baptist signee) who was waiting on the back post when Fr. Grace Henderson made a great overlapping run, sent speeding down the right touchline by Bridget Hurley I believe. Henderson got to the corner, one touch to cut back and a ball through the six yard box found Pratt.
Freshman Hannah Al-Baaj was a force in the middle for Rosati-Kain, one of five freshman making a strong impression (along with Bridges, Genderson, Sophia Henson at outside back) and the sophomore Hurley all showing a positive direction for the team.
Liberty is led by Beth Roberts (#21) in the middle, high energy with good touch and vision. She’s paired with sophomore Genevieve Johnson who is a skilled player that also gets minutes in attack. The Eagles have six underclassmen getting key minutes with Fr. Kate Fulhorst at outside back while Emma Meuser in midfield and Katie Swanson on defense. The central defense is manned by sophomores Claire Royer and Paige Eikel. I’d be negligent if I didn’t also mention Jr. Peyton Carroll’s efforts at outside back. She’s a whirling dervish of energy, pace and as much attack as defense.