MADISON HEIGHTS — Host Madison Heights Lamphere Rams defeated the St. Clair Shores Lake Shore Shorians, 1-0, in a Macomb-area conference crossover on Wednesday night.
The Rams would continue to run down Shorian’s back line, and eventually they found the goal they were looking for when Kate Robinson split a pair of defenders and ripped a shot through the net that entered through the left post with 27 :53 remaining in the Game.
That was the whole score, although the Rams would continue to press and create better chances in the second half than they did in the first half.
“We were pretty aggressive on that ball, even on a rebound or a second ball we seemed to chase it and not stop,” Rams head coach Mike Joa said. “And that was probably the big difference in the game which was winning that midfield.”
The Rams controlled the game early on, dominating possession in the first half, partly with the help of the wind and partly through sheer effort as they chased every loose ball, every fifty-fifty ball in the air – and they won the majority of those balls, allowing them to immediately turn the game on the Shorians.
However, all that possession didn’t do the Rams much good in the first half. Despite having a clear advantage in all categories on the stat sheet, the game went into half-time still tied 0-0 as Shorians goalkeeper Lindsay Jacob was outstanding that night and netted a handful of goals. hard saves to keep the match scoreless.
“Our goalkeeper had a great game. She made some very, very nice saves,” said Shorians head coach Chris Gwozdz. “I had to make some (defensive) adjustments and move a few girls. They made the adjustments, but they (Lampère) just scored a nice goal at the end. But the defense played pretty well.
The Shorians had a little more attack at the start of the second half and got some free kicks from the Rams side, coming closest to a free kick around seven minutes into the second half .
With the victory, Lamphere goes 3-0 on the year. The Rams begin the MAC Gold game next Monday with a road trip to New Haven.
“It was a good game. Offensively we did very well. We had a good solid defence. The young girls looked like they had matured today. We played the positioning well. It was the best game of our season so far, and with all the youngsters, I think we have good potential for the future,” said Joa.
Lake Shore drops to 2-1 going into their MAC Blue opener next Monday against Port Huron.
“We have young talent there. We always learn as a team to freeze and play off the feet and look to play certain individuals and certain styles and ways of playing,” Gwozdz said. “We’ll get there, but I think (for) the girls it’s one of the first competitive games we’ve played this season. We’re still inexperienced. We’re improving.”