COLUMBIA CITY — “It was not because of a lack of effort,” Columbia City head coach Nicole Gebfert said.
Effort can overcome a lot for an underdog. It can withstand the elements of mother nature. It also can fend off a No. 12 state ranked offense.
Monday night, Columbia City girls’ soccer put up a defensive battle against the Northeast Hoosier Conference’s top team in the Lady Chargers.
Take a scoreless contest into the second half, a slippery and wet contest saw only one goal in the 15th minute of the second half.
Carroll fought off an aggressive Lady Eagles squad to escape Columbia City with a 1-0 victory.
“I couldn’t ask for a better game out of them today,” Gebfert commented. “Especially, the first half and the first 15 minutes. The way we possessed the ball was great.”
The Lady Eagles fought off the charge of Carroll by producing one of its own.
Backed all night by a stiff defensive stance, the Lady Eagles put shots on goal early against the Chargers.
“Our effort was there and our aggression was there in trying to get to the ball first,” Gebfert noted. “We were with them nose-to-nose.”
Both teams had close calls near the end of the first half. Columbia City had a shot from senior Jessica Bickle catch the top of the cross bar with 12 minutes left before half.
Carroll replied when Hanna Kroskie broke through the middle on her own. Kroskie had the opportunity to give her team a lead miss just wide of the left corner.
A steady rain set in for the second half of play giving the footing of players and control of the ball troubles for both squads.
Despite the obstacles, Columbia City goalkeeper Corinna Raypole along with the help of defenders like Kayla Dunn, Brooke Gareiss and Miriah Hicks kept the Lady Eagles in a 0-0 tie.
“Unbelievable,” Gebfert said of her defense. “Defense and Corinna definitely kept us in the game. Brooke stopped numerous break aways and Corinna did great in the slippery conditions.”
The only slip up by City came on a cross with 14:52 remaining. Sophomore Tori Minnich got her head on the ball to break the scoreless game.
“The defense provided us with opportunities to possibly win,” Gebfert noted. “Unfortunately, it didn’t happened but the effort was there.”