GENEVA – It’s going to take more than snapping a losing streak for the members of the Geneva girls soccer team to feel like they’re playing at the high level they expect from themselves.
The Vikings snapped a five-game skid by dominating Rosary from start to finish in a 2-0 non-conference victory Saturday, but they left the Center Street fields not fully satisfied with their performance.
“I thought we seemed like we were a little tired today and not like our full potential,” junior forward Courtney Lardas said. “But I think we came out and showed that we are capable of scoring and actually winning.”
One reason some of the Vikings may have been less peppy than normal was that a lot of them were up cramming the night before for a Saturday morning test.
“A bunch of them had the ACT,” Geneva coach Megan Owens said. “A win’s a win. It’s not always the prettiest, but we came out here and got the job done.”
The Royals (5-2-2) were even more critical of their own effort.
“We did not look like we were ready to play at all,” Rosary junior goalkeeper Lauren Frasca said. “We just weren’t hungry for the ball. We just came into the game not really thinking we could win and as a result, we did lose.”
The Vikings (4-6) tested the talented Frasca early and often, putting a dozen shots on goal. Geneva’s persistence finally paid off midway through the first half when Frasca could not hang on to a sprawling save and Amanda Lulek dug the ball out to freshman Maureen Kozlow, who did not waste her shot at an open net.
With a cleat mark still visible on her right cheek after the match as evidence, Frasca said she thought she had held on to the ball long enough to get a goal kick.
“I got stepped on the face,” Frasca said. “I had it in my hands and then the forward stepped on me. … I had possession.”
The Vikings added to their lead 12 minutes into the second half when Hope Goodman fed Lardas for a quality run up the left side and she caught Frasca leaning the wrong way with a shot from just inside the box.
“I just went right to the [right] corner because I saw it was open,” Lardas said. “The goalie was on the other side.”
Geneva defenders including Tory Herbst, Annie Waldoch, Molly Stanfa and Megan Kozlow frustrated Rosary’s forwards all afternoon. Geneva keeper Samantha Hauser only had to make one save on a shot from the right corner of the box by Quincy Kellett.
“We couldn’t feed Kaitlin [Johnson] or Quincy or any of the forwards at all,” Frasca said. “And then when we did, we weren’t transitioning quick enough to support them, so they were all by themselves.”
Frasca credited Rosary freshman defender Katherine Thielen with doing an outstanding job shadowing Lulek throughout the match, but not many other Royals stood out.
“Our girls played an OK game today, but they played maybe a little intimidated,” Rosary coach Kristy Kane said. “Geneva, typically, they know is a good team and it’s going to be a really hard game for us.”
The Vikings, meanwhile, got contributions from just about everyone on the roster.
“We had a real tough stretch, so today our focus was getting everybody playing time, getting everyone an opportunity out there on the field to show what they could do,” Owens said. “Even when we had all our subs out there, we were still able to create offensive threats and offensive opportunities, so that was great to see.”