Lady Jackets Start Season Strong

Highlights from the Women’s Soccer opener against Urbana.

Video by Josh Burris

Cedarville’s women’s soccer team started its first game of the season on a strong note, dominating the visiting Urbana Blue Knights 5-0 Thursday night.

The Lady Jackets took control from the early moments of the game. They nearly scored multiple times with the Knight’s keeper providing a few crucial saves. But, the Jackets continued to pressure and possess the ball and were rewarded for their efforts eight minutes in with a smooth finish from senior Jacoby Ziegler.

Ziegler was assisted by junior Grace Miorelli, who provided a brilliant through ball to her. The majority of the next 17 minutes were thoroughly controlled by the Jackets.  In the 25th minute, Ziegler received a crisp through ball from freshman Creslyn Van Dyck and smashed it off the far post and into the goal, doubling Cedarville’s lead.

Only 10 minutes later, freshman Alyssa Maillefer received a pass from Miorelli and scored a goal, placing the ball over the keeper’s head and into the top right corner. At the end of the first half, the score was 3–0 in favor of the Lady Jackets.

The second half started out much like the first half with the Jackets playing a strong offensive game.

But not far into the second half, Miorelli made the game 4–0. Sixty-seven minutes into the game Ziegler powered through multiple defenders and drove the ball into the back of the net, completing a solo goal.

Head Coach John McGillivray then subbed in many of his players on the bench, and the Yellow Jackets were able to hold the shutout for a final score of 5-0.

Cedarville (1-0) plays West Virginia Wesleyan at home 2 p.m. Saturday, September 5.

Colin Dellaperute is a freshman athletic training major and a sports reporter for Cedars. His hobbies are playing pick up soccer, playing guitar, writing for fun and watching his NY Jets ruin their season time and time again.

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