Frenship eliminated by Arlington Martin in soccer playoffs
By Brandon McAuliffe
ABILENE — The Frenship girls soccer team’s first season as a Class 6A school came to an end with a 2-0 loss to Arlington Martin in the area round of the playoffs at Shotwell Stadium on April 2.
The wind served Martin well in the first half as it tallied two goals, but the Tigers were unable to do anything with it in the second half.
The loss ended the season of five seniors for Frenship (14-7-3).
“We made a good run, but we had a center midfielder who couldn’t go and that changed what we could do,” Frenship coach Gery Joy said. “But you can’t take anything away from Martin because they have a very good team. We are very proud of our girls. Four of the seniors have been with us the whole time and they were really important to the growth of the program.”
Frenship’s best chance came with just over two minutes to play, but Morgan Zapata’s shot went just over the top of the net.
Frenship was outshot 18-2 overall by Martin (18-4-2) and 9-0 on goal in the game.
“The girls played a lot better in the second half,” said Joy. “I expected a game where they would outshoot us, but we didn’t get the set pieces that we wanted.”
The Tigers were unable to withstand an early barrage as Martin spent most of the opening seven minutes on the Frenship side of the field.
Darby Johnson connected on a header in the seventh minute off a cross from Mary Moore to put the Warriors on top 1-0 in the early stages. Johnson’s header found the upper right corner of the net.
The goal actually seemed to help the Tigers settle down as play slowly moved farther and farther away from their own defensive end.
On a couple of occasions, however, when Frenship got deep into Martin territory, the Tigers overran the ball to give up possession.
Melissa Fulfer took a shot from about 50 yards out with just over 11 minutes to play in the first half that Danielle Falcon barely got a hand on to deflect over the net and keep Frenship down 1-0.
Martin extended the lead with 9:07 to go in the first half on a corner kick by Holly Hasten. Hasten found Natalee Heiser in front of a crowded Frenship goal to make it 2-0.
“One of their girls hit our keeper and knocked her down,” Joy said of the second goal.
With 31:01 to play, Heiser was given a yellow card for nearly instigating after repeatedly shoving a Frenship player who was on the ground. Heiser had to be pulled away from the scrum by several teammates and two officials.
“That was kind of an unfortunate event where it was an obvious red and they were afraid to call it,” Joy said. “It would have changed the momentum of the game.”
Joy was proud of what he saw out of his squad that was outplayed the entire night.
“The second half we had a hard time adjusting to the speed of the game,” he said. “The game changed after the yellow card to (Heiser) and she didn’t go back in. She’s a really dominant, good player.”
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