Lincoln offense unable to match Whitney in 2-0 loss
Playing on the road at Whitney High, the Lincoln girls soccer team was unable to overcome early goals and ultimately lost 2-0 last week.
The 80-minute contest saw few shots attempted by either side. The course of the game was decided early with Whitney taking advantage of the Fighting Zebras’ defensive miscues.
Whitney’s Aliyah Utush was involved in both scores for the Wildcats getting both an assist and a goal. She set up teammate Jessica Randhawa for a goal at the 13-minute mark and scored unassisted 12 minutes later.
From that point on, the Wildcats’ defense played the largest role in maintaining the lead.
Lincoln’s defense, led by Lauren Edwards, shut down Whitney as well but simply couldn’t get anything going offensively. Zebras’ goalkeeper Abbie Faingold had three saves on the afternoon.
Lincoln did attempt a shot on goal shortly after Utush’s score but failed to convert.
In the second half, Whitney kept up the offensive pressure but the Zebras refused to break. In the final 20 minutes, Lincoln went on the offensive but was only able to take one shot on goal.
With Pioneer Valley League competition approaching, Lincoln head coach Sandy Kepler spoke about the positives of the match.
“In the second half, I felt we controlled the game more,” said Kepler. “I felt we played to their level.
“Mainly we just need to work on communication,” said Kepler as to where the Zebras need to improve. “As long as we’re able to keep possession and keep it on the ground, we’re able to play our game.”
WHITNEY 2, LINCOLN 0
Zebras 0 0 – 0
Wildcats 2 0 – 2