Improved Mishawaka downs Lady Lions

BREMEN – By their nature, athletic events lend themselves to all kinds of statistics. Even so, the most important one is still the final numbers on the scoreboard.
Despite winning most of the statistical categories Thursday evening at Jane’s Park, Bremen High’s girls soccer team found itself on the wrong end of a 5-1 friendly with Mishawaka, a game that was much more competitive than the final tally.
“(Bremen) played better than the score shows,” said Mishawaka head coach Mark Sorocco. “They are a tough team. They have beaten us every year that I’ve been at Mishawaka (six years). They are hard-working and we respect them. They have some talented players. We knew we were up against a tough team.”
The majority of the game was played on the Lady Lions’ offensive end of the field and midway through the first half Alexis Jennings cashed in the first goal of the game to give Bremen the early lead.
“The percentages say that if you put enough shots on goal, they are going to go in,” said Bremen head coach Tom Chang. “If you don’t shoot, you don’t score. From that standpoint, we won that battle.”
From then on — at least on the scoreboard — it was all Mishawaka, though. Zoe Morey had a hat trick and the Lady Cavemen scored three times late, making the game sound more one-sided than it was.
If a “Most Improved Player” award can be given just two games into the season, it would have to go to Lady Cavemen goalie Monica Shide. The sophomore keeper played half of Mishawaka’s first game, a 12-0 shellacking to NorthWood, but looked like an all-conference player against the Lady Lions.
“We made some adjustments for her and she really played well,” added Sorocco. “It’s only her second year. We are impressed with how she is coming along.”
Shide’s most impressive plays were stopping a bullet from Jennings right in front of the net in the first half and diving stops on shots from Claire Schmidt and Emily Bickel after intermission.
“It’s one of those things,” said Chang. “We just could not find the back of the net. You have to put the ball where the goalie isn’t. We’ve got the talent on this team to do well. We just need to find our mojo and find the answer. We need to play our game and that starts internally; that starts with us. We have to play like we know we can play.”
That next opportunity is Monday, Aug. 26, a Northern State Conference home game versus LaVille.
• MISHAWAKA 5, BREMEN 1
At Bremen
FIRST HALF
B – Alexis Jennings, 21st minute
M – Carley Piatkowski, 23rd minute
M– Zoe Morey, 26th minute
SECOND HALF
M – Morey, 66th minute
M – Morey, 73rd minute
M – Tagin Schultheis, 73rd minute
Shots on goal: Bremen 20, Mishawaka 12
Saves: Bremen 6 (Jess Bollenbacher, Regan Murphy), Mishawaka 8 (Monica Shide)
Corner kicks: Bremen 7, Mishawaka 0
Fouls: Bremen 4, Mishawaka 5
Records: Bremen 0-2, Mishawaka 1-1