Lady Rockies top Westview, 4-2

PLYMOUTH — After sustaining an emotional conference loss to Warsaw Tuesday and facing a long layover next week, it was important for Plymouth’s girls soccer team to bounce back quickly Thursday.
Bounce back the Lady Rockies did, handing visiting Westview a 4-2 loss to head into the break with something to feel good about.
“The Warsaw game was 3-2. We wanted to come out of our first conference game with a win, and we just didn’t make it,” said Plymouth head coach Chuck DeWitt. “The girls left the field crying, and I was OK with that because I knew it meant a lot to them and that they really wanted to win. We talked a lot yesterday about what good teams do and how we’re going to recover from this point forward.”
Both teams were slow to mount much offense in the first half as Plymouth focused on containing the Lady Warriors’ forwards.
Makaela Mahler opened the scoring for the Lady Rockies with a chip shot from 25 yards out in the 26th minute, and Plymouth went into the break with a 1-0 lead.
The score remained close until sophomore attacking mid Kaydon Fosler netted the insurance goal with a long drive into the far upper V in the 59th minute, then tallied another direct goal in the 64th minute to give the home team a comfortable 3-0 lead.
“Kaydon has been able to do that probably since she’s been 12 or 13. She scored five goals like that in LaPorte last year; four of them off of directs like that and one of them on a breakaway,” said DeWitt. “We know she’s got that ability. She lost a little bit of confidence and she was taking a quick shot and not getting over the ball, which was allowing it to then get up over the goal. We worked on that yesterday, told her to penetrate when she could and get up over the ball and get that shot. She took what we practiced yesterday and took it to heart, which is what she set out to do.”
Westview cut the lead to 3-1 on a Maddie Jones goal before Courtney Hersick’s strike in the 76th minute put the game effectively out of reach.
“We had a real tough game against Warsaw on Tuesday, and we have a lot of girls with just little dings and nicks and muscle pulls all around the place,” said DeWitt. “That started to wear on us in the first half, and then in that second half we tried to have a little more rotation and take our starters out, but the continuity wasn’t there as much as we wanted it to be in the last part of the game.”
While the Lady Rockies won the game by a comfortable 4-2 score, the Warriors matched attacks as the two teams each recorded 18 shots at the game.
The difference was made by Plymouth freshman goalkeeper Katie Berg, who finished with nine saves following another outstanding 12-save outing against Warsaw Tuesday.
“Our freshman keeper Katie Berg kept us in the game,” DeWitt said. “That second half they were attacking, had more shots. She did what she needed to do and played outstanding. Our defense, for the most part, held them where we wanted to, and we had three sophomores back there.”
Plymouth improves to 3-1-0 and will take a week layover before jumping back into play at home against LaPorte Sept. 4.
It’s just the break DeWitt says the team could use after a pair of physical contests against Logansport and Warsaw left the team dinged up prior to Thursday’s contest with Westview.
“We’re going to work next week hard on conditioning,” said DeWitt. “We’ll be doing a lot of sprints and running to get our capacity back up and get our second wind. We should be healthy by Monday, and then we’re going to spend a lot of time on the physical part of the game.”
At Plymouth
P — Makaela Mahler, 26th minute
P — Kaydon Fosler, 59th minute
P — Fosler, 64th minute
W — Maddie Jones (Stephanie Mowery), minute unknown
P — Courtney Hersick, 76th minute
W — Riley Hochstetler, minute unknown
Shots: Plymouth 18, Westview 18
Saves: Plymouth 9 (Katie Berg), Westview 4 (Stephanie Hochstetler)
Records: Plymouth 3-1-0, Westview 2-1-0