JV Gold Notches Two More Shutouts

Posted on: October 11, 2022
JV Gold continued its strong defensive play in matches again Lebanon and Madeira this week, holding both opponents scoreless, resulting in a 0-0 tie against the Warriors and a 2-0 victory over the Amazons. The Spartans have allowed just two goals in their last seven matches and are 5-1-1 in that stretch, which leaves their record at 7-4-2 (3-3-1 ECC) heading into the season's final week.
After Lebanon missed following a nice cross within the first two minutes of the game, Turpin controlled most of the action in the first half. Camryn Lyons missed with just under 30 minutes to play, and then the Spartans were unable to get a foot on their first of two first half corner kicks. Lyons had another nice cross that Ana Potrafke hustled to run down, and then another of her shots was deflected wide by the Lebanon keeper for another corner. Addie Deems missed just wide following a Turpin free kick at the midway point of the half, but things remained scoreless after a Warrior shot hit off the cross bar and the subsequent shot missed wide as the half came to a close.
The Spartans came out strong in the second half as well, as Lyons found Kaitlyn Wilver out wide for a scoring chance early on. Wilver missed wide a few minutes later and wound up with multiple shots over the course of the half. Lyons also missed wide off of a cross from Potrafke, as JV Gold was just unable to finally get one in the back of the net. Lebanon found some chances of its own as the half went on, but Liz Wullenweber made a few nice saves to keep them off the scoreboard. The Spartans mounted one last charge in the closing minutes thanks to a Nina Birk shot with around one minute to play, but JV Gold would be forced to settle for a scoreless draw. 
JV Gold controlled the action from start to finish at Madeira on Saturday. The Spartans wasted no time putting pressure on the opposing defense, as Lyons played the ball down the sideline to Deems, who found Potrafke for a shot just one minute into the match. From there, a number of Turpin players got into the act, as Lyons, Kayla FitzgeraldLilly Peveler, and Anna Barton all had chances in the first 10 minutes of the half. They would finally break through with 22:58 remaining, as Birk found Potrafke, who rifled the ball into the back of the net. Turpin had plenty of chances over the rest of the half as well, but they would head into halftime with a 1-0 lead.
The second half was more of the same, as the Spartans came out firing again. They had a great chance about 10 minutes into the half, as Birk had a beautiful strike that sailed just over the crossbar. Less than a minute later though, Lyons took a pass from Barton and maneuvered through the Madeira defense to give Turpin a 2-0 lead. The Spartans kept the pressure on with shots from Peveler, Deems, and Eva Theetge, as well as a nice corner kick and another free kick off the foot of Addi Braun
The shutout marked the seventh of the season for JV Gold and the fifth in its last six matches, as Marley Ball and Wullenweber combined for the clean sheet once again. While the Amazons didn't have many chances, the Turpin defense rose to the occasion when called upon. Hannah Bottoms had a pair of nice tackles, as the back line trio of Bottoms, Braun, and Emily Reckers continues to play well. Solid play in the midfield has also been a key component of Turpin's defensive success, with Rylie GastSydney McMillin, and Addie Buckley all contributing there.
JV Gold closes out the season with road matches at Ursuline and Kings early this week.