Girls Soccer Drops Close Match to Lakota West

Posted on: October 12, 2021
Keely McCosh
The Turpin Girls Soccer Team ventured north to Lakota West on Saturday in a rematch of last season’s OHSAA 3rd round playoff match in which the Firebirds rode a dominant second half to a 7-1 victory.  This time around, the Spartans (2-8 overall, 2-3 ECC) played it much closer, but eventually fell 1-0.  Senior Claire Klimkowski paced the offense with 3 shots on goal, Senior Brooke Heis anchored the defense with 6 tackles won and Junior Mallory Harsha turned away 5 shots on the afternoon.
For much of the game, it looked like Turpin would completely reverse their fortunes with a dominating first half of play.  The Spartans fired 6 shots at the opponents keeper, while the defense limited Lakota to just 3 shots (with 1 coming from 30 yards away).  Just 5 minutes into the game, Kate ‘The Great’ Hooper broke away from the defense and had a 1 vs 1 with the keeper.  Lakota’s net minder played it very aggressively and lunged just as Hooper tried to get a shot off, smothering the ball just off her foot.  Hooper would team up with Klimkowski in the 23rd minute on a give and go combo, but Klimkowski’s shot was blocked.  Moments later, Junior Centerback Lucia Johnson took a free kick from the 40, but the offense was unable to corral the kick before it went over the end line.  In the 34th minute, Sophomore Grace Aman made a great penetrating run at the offense that resulted in a corner kick for the Spartans.  Just before halftime, Heis took another corner for the Spartans that Klimkowski headed just wide of the mark.  The clubs went to the half knotted at 0 each.
Turpin continued the attack in the second half.  Brooke Wilson centered a ball for Klimkowski at the 45thminute mark, Claire’s shot going just wide of the net.  In the 56th minute, Johnson put a free kick from 30 yards out right on the goal.  Despite the Turpin pressure, it was Lakota West that broke the scoreless tie.  In the 58th minute they launched a high arcing shot from just outside the 18 yd box that passed just under the crossbar and just above a leaping Harsha’s fingertips for the 1-0 lead.  Turpin didn’t go quietly, Alanna Schmelzer managed a breakaway with 10 minutes left in the game, but the Firebird Keeped made a diving stop on her shot to preserve the shutout.  In the final 2 minutes, Turpin took a corner kick and had 2 throw-ins in the offensive zone, but came away empty.  
Turpin looks to get back in the win column Tuesday evening with a home tilt against ECC leader Milford.  JV kicks off at 5:00 PM followed by Varsity at 7:00 PM
Unofficial Stats
Shots: Klimkowski-3, Heis-2, Hooper-1, A Johnson-1, L Johnson-1, Schmelzer-1
Saves: Harsha-5
Tackles Won: Heis-6, Klimkowski-3, Ackel-2, A Johnson-2, L Johnson-2, McCosh-2, Sirotak-2, Sheffer-2, Henning-1, Riley-1, Wilson-1