The soccer game against Nerinx Hall slipped through the Lady Kahoks hands Tuesday. Taking advantage of two goals that bounced off the hands of the Collinsville goalkeeper, the Markers won the non-conference game 3-0.
“Soccer is a game of unlucky things,” Collinsville Head Coach Clay Smith said, “Tonight was proof of that.”
The Markers (10-0-1) scored one minute and fifteen seconds into the game when Bailey Greubel bent a corner kick under the crossbar and just inside the far post.
“You can’t really defend that,” Smith said.
The lead grew to 2-0 four minutes later when the Lady Kahoks failed to clear a ball. The failed clear went right back to Liz Watson, who had the original touch. Watson fired it on goal, and it bounced through the hands of senior goalkeeper Holly Bluemner.
Collinsville (7-3-1) did not have many quality chances on goal. Perhaps the Kahoks best chance came with 33 minutes to go in the first half when Sophia Sharos bounced an attempt wide right of the goal.
The Markers closed the scoring with a second-half goal with 28:06 remaining. Watson came in unchallenged to about 10 feet of the goal, then skipped a bouncing shot on target as the Kahoks’ defense recovered. The ball bounded into Bluemner and into the side of the goal, to clinch the Markers’ 3-0 victory
Smith said his team had an uneven performance.
“We had good moments and we had bad moments,” Smith said. “You can’t have bad moments against a team like Nerinx and win.”
The Lady Kahoks will attempt to bounce back when they travel to Granite City for a 4:30 p.m. start Thursday against the Warriors.