Turpin Takes Walnut Hills for First ECC Win!

Posted on: September 10, 2019
Tags: Girls soccer

The girls Varsity soccer team hosted the Walnut Hills Eagles at Spartan Stadium on Tuesday night to begin league play.
Though Turpin established control of the game early on, Walnut Hills offered solid, physical competition for 80 minutes
before ceding the 2-0 shutout to the home side.

The Spartans started the game on their front foot, winning the ball immediately after kickoff. By the third minute of the
game, Turpin had a shot on goal and had earned two corners, setting an authoritative tone for the match.
Walnut Hills countered when they had the opportunity, however, targeting their most athletic forward, who asserted herself into the game by getting on the end of combination play or by attacking down the flanks on her own.

The game remained relatively even - thanks to frequent foul-induced changes of possession - until a beautifully executed
play 14 minutes in led to Kerianne White’s fifth tally of the season. Midfielder Ceci Malagari split the defense with a well-paced ball in front of Ella Tierney out wide. Tierney took it in stride, drove end line and delivered a textbook cross to the penalty spot. White, running toward goal with position on her defender, finished from the spot with one touch.

Up 1-0, Turpin took control of the game with a well-rounded effort across all three lines. Their forwards used all the
weapons at their disposal - combination play, centering crosses and quick shots - to keep Walnut Hills’ back four off
balance. The Spartans’ mids kept or won possession and fed the attack, while the defense and keeper worked together to hold the Eagles out of the 18 - with the exception of a two direct kicks that were ultimately cleared.

The score remained 1-0 until two minutes into the second half when the Spartans struck again. Some good combination
play between midfielders Kira Geis and Kerianne White ended with a pop up over the top of the Eagles’ defense. The
Walnut Hills keeper attempted to clear by bravely sprinting off her line as forward Victoria King charged toward the ball.
She got her fists on it as King closed in, but couldn’t punch it away. The ball bounced off King and landed in front of White, who gathered the ball and passed into the far corner of the empty net.

Despite being down two and unable to get anywhere near Turpin’s penalty box for much of the game, Walnut Hills wasn’t
ready to give up. Their midfielders regrouped and initiated a prolonged period of possession in Turpin’s half.
The Spartans, however, responded with excellent defensive toughness and focus. They stopped up the middle, organized
themselves and took advantage of how open the game had become. As the Eagles sent most of their players forward,
Turpin’s defense made longer clears, finding their attacking players in space near the half line, sparking multiple runs on
goal in transition. With seconds left on the clock, Victoria King nearly added a third Spartan goal, hitting the post as she
ran through the tired Walnut Hills defense.

“This was a great win for us,” head coach Rich Mulvaney said. “We put together a game plan and knew if we executed it
we would put ourselves in to position to win the game. Our players continue to show great persistence and support for
one another, each of them stepping up when called upon to do so.”

The win brings Turpin’s record to 2-2-2 for the season, with another league match-up to look forward to next week.