Lady Dragons finish second at Argos Girls Soccer Tourney
ARGOS — The Lady Dragons couldn’t hold on to an initial lead, falling 3-1 to Munster in the Argos Girls Soccer Invitational championship Saturday, while LaVille beat NorthWood 1-0 in the consolation match for third place.
Argos’ Raelynn LaFrance gave the Dragons the lead in the championship on an assist from Shelby Sanders in the 22nd minute, but Munster’s Cayla Bales hit a long range snipe from 35 yards to tie it the very next minute.
“Munster was clearly the better team, but tonight our kids put away some concerns from early in the year,” Argos coach Jon Alcorn said. “Most of their pressure was long range, and our defenders showed they are learning. The formation we started wasn’t giving us possession. We switched and got better results. The goal from Raelynn on Shelby’s free kick was a nice play. It was just unfortunate that they were able to tie it so quickly on that long snipe.”
The Mustangs got the lead just before the half when Munster sent a ball across and Argos goalkeeper Karlee VanDerWeele came out in a crowd to punch the ball away. Her partial clear dropped and Jessica Flores found the ball at her foot for a score.
“From my vantage point, it was the right decision (to come out)”, said Alcorn. “She (VanDerWeele) had to go over a defender and got her hands on it, but just not enough. We didn’t have the back side marked well enough and Flores made a play. They’re a big school — around 1700 — so that’s eight or nine times our size, and they are a good team. We wanted the win, so we fell short, but it will make us better.”
A long punt from keeper Parin Patel was finished by Allyson Goodrich to put the game away in the second half. Argos ended the day 3-2-1 on the season. Munster moved to 6-1.
LaVille beat Northwood in the consolation game 1-0 on a free kick from Breanna DeJarnatt.
In the opening rounds, Munster beat Northwood 2-0, on a pair of goals from Flores, and Argos edged LaVille 2-1.
Argos’ Allie Flower was assisted by Jami Patterson and Sammie Hopkins to give the Dragons a lead, but Sarah Niespodziany tied it for the Lancers, and the game was level at one at the break. Patterson scored a penalty kick on a hand ball in the 53rd minute for what proved to be the game winner. LaVille picked up the pressure for the last twenty minutes, but couldn’t get the second equalizer.
LaVille is 4-2 while Northwood finished the tourney 2-2-1 on the year.
• ARGOS GIRLS SOCCER INVITATIONAL
MUNSTER 3, ARGOS 1
A — Raelynn LaFrance (Shelby Sanders), 21st minute
M — Cayla Bales (unassisted), 22nd minute
M — Jessica Flores (unassisted), 33rd minute
M — Allyson Goodrich (Parin Patel), 67th minute
Shots on Goal: Munster 11, Argos 3
Saves: Munster 3 (Patel), Argos 8 (Karlee VanDerWeele)
Corners: Munster 4, Argos 0
Records: Argos 3-2-1
LaVILLE 1, NORTHWOOD 0
L — Breanna DeJarnatt (unassisted) 34th minute
Shots on goal: LaVille 7, Northwood 2
Saves: LaVille 2 (MyKenna Schoolman), Northwood 6 (Madi Eberle)
Corners: LaVille 2, Northwood 4
Records: LaVille 4-2, Northwood 2-2-1
ARGOS 2, LaVILLE 1
A — Allie Flower (Sammie Hopkins, Jami Patterson), 9th minute
L — Sarah Neispodziany (unassisted), 25th minute
A — Patterson (penalty kick) 53rd minute
Shots on goal: Argos 5, LaVille 10
Saves: Argos 8 (Karlee VanDerWeele), LaVille 3 (MyKenna Schoolman)
Corners: Argos 3, LaVille 5
Records: Argos 3-1-1, LaVille 3-2
MUNSTER 2, NORTHWOOD 0
M — Jessica Flores (Cayla Bales), 16th minute
M — Flores (unassisted), 66th minute
Shots on goal: Munster 6, Northwood 3
Saves: Munster 3 (Parin Patel), Northwood 4(Madi Eberle)
Corners: Munster 6, Northwood 0
Records: Northwood 2-1-1