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Big Red, Wildcats play to tie

September 5, 2012
By FRED YOUNCE - Sports writer ( , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - The Steubenville Big Red girls soccer team put two balls in the net Tuesday against Edison at Harding Stadium.

Unfortunately for Big Red, one of those put a score up on the Wildcats' side of the scoreboard as the teams played to a 1-1 tie.

Steubenville took a 1-0 lead at the 19:21 mark of the first half when Allie Zimish rocketed a shot from about 30 yards out past Edison goalkeeper Jen Sheets.

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SETTING IT UP — Big Red’s Emilee Karas tries to keep the ball away from Edison’s Ashley Borsch during Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Harding Stadium.
-- Fred Younce

"We had a quick attack," said Big Red head coach Brittany Falbo. "Farrah Marcino had the assist. Farrah had her back to the net, saw Allie come in, played it square to Allie, and Allie took the shot.

"She has a really good foot, and can take a shot from about 30 to 40 yards so we tell her whenever she's in range to shoot."

Exactly five minutes later, a Big Red miscommunication off the foot of the Wildcats' Kaylinn Drabick resulted in an own goal that tied the game at 1-all.

"We possessed it and got it up," said Edison head coach Jeremy Angelo. "We hit a high ball , they had a little trouble and knocked it in. We did press them.

"We've scored on ourselves this year, and we've assisted on about seven or eight goals for the other team so I wasn't going to complain. We do it, and someone else got to do it tonight."

Added Falbo of the own goal, "Basically there was just a miscommunication. We missed the ball on the side, it got played in, and our sweeper and our stopper tried to go over the ball.

"They sent a blooper over their heads, and there was a miscommunication between our goalie and our sweeper, and it just bounced off her chest and went in. It was an unlucky advantage for the other team."

With the game tied entering the second half, Edison went on the attack. Controlling the ball for much of the half, the Wildcats created several scoring opportunities for themselves, but Big Red goaltender Loren Gray and her defensive unit stood strong each time.

"Lauren held her head up, which is hard to do after your own team lets a ball in," said Falbo. "Our whole defense kept their composure after that. Edison came out strong in the second half, stronger than they did in the first.

"I think it took us by surprise in the beginning of the second half and Loren had a lot of shots on her. She did a great job of holding her own, and staying in the game the entire time."

Both goalies played lights out, with Sheets turning away 14 shots, and Gray defending 12.

"Jen has played well for the last couple years," said Angelo. "She did a good job, and saved us a couple times. With our defensive play we have to put our chances away.

"It's as simple as that."

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