Greenville opens season with shutout of Lakeview

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 9:32 am on Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Greenville’s Rachel Taft, left, and Lakeview’s Marianne Lango collide while going for the ball during Monday’s game.

LAKEVIEW — Lakeview’s girls soccer team had three games under their belt going into Monday’s game against Greenville.

But it was the Yellow Jackets who looked like the team that had played more games, even though it was their first.

Greenville scored two goals in each half to beat the Wildcats 4-0 in windy conditions in the Jackets’ season opener.

“It was a good way to start the season,” Greenville coach Nathan Lewis said. “I thought we looked crisp. Several girls hadn’t practiced because we’re coming off spring break. That on top of the fact that this was our first game and it was their (Lakeview’s) fourth, I thought we were playing catch-up in the beginning.”

The Jackets’ first goal came off a drop pass from Samantha O’Herron to Rachel Taft, who beat Lakeview goalkeeper Danielle Grant high in the 17th minute.

With just over two minutes left in the half, O’Herron got a goal of her own in a scramble in front of the goal. Grant had the ball in her hands but couldn’t control it completely and it went over the goal line.

Lakeview coach Chris Smith tried to rally the team at halftime.

“We talked about how the second half was going to be more of the same,” he said. “It was going to be physical. Greenville likes to control the ball and we had talked about trying to do that at the beginning of the game.”

Greenville’s Autumn Strandberg moves the ball upfield during the Yellow Jackets’ game Monday.

It didn’t work, as O’Herron fed Audrey Wierda for a goal just four minutes into the second half, followed 11 minutes later by a goal from Megan O’Brien that looked like it went in off Cecilia Bayne’s leg.

“I thought we possessed the ball really well, especially with the windy conditions,” Lewis said. “I thought we contained Ally Reed really well and limited her touches. She’s a nice player and we wanted to make sure she didn’t touch the ball.”

Greenville goalkeeper Britta Bernth made all five of the saves she had to make. Grant made 10 saves on 14 shots.

“I thought we had lots of possessions in the second half still, but not quite as smooth as we would like it to be,” Smith said.

The Jackets face Muskegon Mona Shores on Wednesday. The Wildcats (1-2-1) are at Fremont Friday.

Smith has some things he wants to clean up before facing the Packers.

“Communication is going to be the first thing we have to work on, both on offense and defense,” he said. “I think better passing, but the wind wasn’t helping us much either, but Greenville was able to do it in the wind.”

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