Eagles Escape Spartans

Posted on: October 12, 2021
vs milford
The Spartans girls soccer team started the last week in September hosting conference-leading and 2nd ranked team in SW Ohio, the Milford Eagles at Spartan Stadium on a perfect fall evening.  While the Eagles were overwhelming favorites in the match, our Turpin (2-9 overall, 2-4 ECC) girls gave Milford all they could handle before falling 1-0 on a goal in the 67th minute of play.  Keeper Mallory Harsha was outstanding, stopping 11 of 12 shots, while senior Brooke Heis led the excellent defensive effort with 6 tackles won.
Milford started the game on the offensive, peppering Harsha with 5 shots over the first 20 minutes of the game.  The Spartans best early offense came from Alanna Schmelzer with a shot on goal in the 26th minute, off a cross from Kate Hooper.  Harsha was again tested in the 32nd minute but aggressively played the Eagle attack in the box and recovered in time to stop the cross.  Turpin’s next push came a couple minutes later, again fueled from a Hooper pass, this time to Grace Henning who in turn found Claire Klimkowski for the shot that sailed just wide of the net.  Harsha closed out the half with an ESPN worthy save in the 38th minute.  An Eagle player came across the formation and fired a strong shot from 20 yards out that struck the crossbar and ricocheted into the goalie’s area about 5 feet away and to Harsha’s left.  The Eagle’s striker was waiting to pounce and fired point blank on the Spartan goal, but Harsha was already on motion, smothering the shot and securing the halftime 0-0 tie.
Turpin continued to play outstanding defense in the second half and the play of the game really centered on the midfield area as each team tried to break through the other’s back line.  Milfod came up empty on a huge scoring opportunity in the 59th minute about 10 feet in front of the Spartan goal.  Four Spartan defenders converged on the attacked and a huge scrum ensued.  The ball ping ponged off a few feet before Kaci Sheffer cleared it from the danger zone.  Turpin’s counter attack was swift and on point.  Hooper launched a great shot from the top of the 18 yard box that glanced just off the cross bar.  Turpin maintained the pressure with Alex Johnson feeding into Sydney Riley for the shot, but the Eagle keep made a diving stop.  After all the back and forth, Milford broke through on a cross to the 10 yard mark that finally beat Harsha to the mark.  
Turpin returns to ECC action on Thursday, 9/30 with a home match against Little Miami.
Unofficial Stats
Shots: Hooper-1, Klimkowski-1, Riley-1, Schmelzer-1
Saves: Harsha-11
Tackles: Heis-6, Henning-2, McCosh-2, Sheffer-2, Wilson-2, Ackel-1, L Johnson-1