Lady Dragons draw with KV in opener

DEMOTTE — The Argos girls soccer team came back from a 0-3 hole to earn a draw with Kankakee Valley in the opener for both squads in DeMotte Tuesday.
Haley Cox’s corner kick was not cleared by Argos, and Stephanie Scally found the ball at her foot and put the hosts on the board in the 28th minute. With under two minutes to play in the first half, Haleigh Wenglarz scored on a long ball from Ivy Fase and the Kougars grabbed a 2-0 edge at the intermission.
“It was a bit of a sluggish game. We had only a few moments of good passing,” Argos coach Jon Alcorn said. “We were missing two senior defenders so the learning curve was a bit sharp for our freshmen and sophomores in the back. Last year, they dominated us 3-0 in the opening half and we came back to play much better in the second. This time, it seemed a bit more of the ball not bouncing our way. So we were positive going into the second frame. I told them that KV would get tired about 20 minutes in and we would only seize the opportunity if we started passing better.”
The Dragons moved a few players around in the midfield and seemed to get better passing, but Kara Gouwens scored in the 44th minute to give Kankakee a 3-0 lead.
Two minutes later, Jami Patterson dropped a ball to Ally Flower for a scoring drive that seemed to ignite the visitors. Patterson scored on an assist by Katie Williams eight minutes later to cut the game to 3-2. When Jami Patterson combined with Sammie Hopkins inside the box and Hopkins scored, suddenly the Dragons were level and had all the momentum.
With five minutes to play, Scally took a hard fall with a hip injury and play was delayed for 30 minutes while medical personnel assessed the situation. When an ambulance was finally called, both coaches agreed to call the game.
In a tale of two halves, KV outshot Argos 8-2 in the opening half, while Argos led 5-2 in the final frame.
Both teams are 0-1-1 on the young season.
“We knew we’d have to learn quite a bit in the back, and tonight was a great opportunity,” said Alcorn. “It was great to finally establish a passing game and then see the great results. This group is picking right up where last year’s great team finishing in terms of chemistry, and they showed great determination to come back from a big hole and play pretty soccer.”
• ARGOS 3,
At DeMotte
First Half
K — Stephanie Scally (Haley Cox), 28th minute
K — Haleigh Wenglarz (Ivy Fase), 38th minute
Second Half
K — Kara Gouwens (unassisted), 44th minute
A — Ally Flower (Jami Patterson), 46th minute
A — Patterson (Katie Williams), 54th minute
A — Sammie Hopkins (Patterson), 62nd minute
Shots on goal: Kankakee Valley 10, Argos 7
Saves: Kankakee Valley 4 (Rikki Young), Argos 7 (Karlee VanDerWeele)
Corners: Kankakee Valley 3, Argos 4
Records: KV 0-0-1, Argos 0-0-1