Rockford Varsity Girls Soccer

Rams soccer lacks finishing power in rough week

May 13, 2010 // 0 Comments

by JACKIE HOLLAND-DECKER “Shots don’t win games; goals do.” That apropos comment, made last week by an observant parent at a Rockford varsity girls soccer game, is one lesson Coach Amira Ponne will be reinforcing in practice and competition this week. If the team doesn’t get the ball into the back of the net, the Rams won’t win. “If we would take shots, the goals could happen,” said Ponne, as she reflected on last week’s 1-1 tie to Reeths Puffer Wednesday and a 1-0 loss to West Ottawa Friday night. “How do we constantly keep possession of the ball and not win? The forwards must score. Everyone else is doing their part. The forwards have to do their job. All they have to do is score goals.” The Rams have been outshooting their opponents all season, and they maintain possession of the ball the majority of the time. Finding the back of the net has been hard, however. “No one is scoring even though we have the best scoring capability,” said Ponne. “They must find it within themselves to get over this.” In the game at Reeths Puffer, the Rams outshot the Rockets 18-6, but their only goal came from a penalty kick scored by Syd Benda early in the second half. Tripped in the box, she stepped up and took the shot, putting it into the right corner to tie the game. Co-captain Kate Huyser, who leads the team in scoring this year, took the first shot of the game for the Rams seven minutes into the match, but her shot, like many others, hit the crossbar and bounced away. The Rams had several corner kicks that they didn’t finish either, and more than one direct kick didn’t find its way into the net. “We were a better team, but we hit the crossbar I don’t know how many times,” said Huyser. The loss was not all negative, however. The Rams walked off the field without any injuries, which led the girls and their parents to sighs of relief after playing the dangerously aggressive Rockets. “I was just happy no one got hurt,” said Huyser. “They were a rough team and we only had two refs and they couldn’t see everything.” On Friday, West […]