Andover tops Goddard in complex AV-CTL II
ANDOVER When two girl soccer teams from Division II of the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League get together, there’s no telling what could happen.
Thursday night was the latest example, as Andover, an up-and-down team that had been plagued by injuries, handed Goddard its first league loss 3-1 at Andover District Stadium.
The loss by Goddard muddles the race for the title — six of the seven teams still have a shot for at least a share. The Lions (8-5-2 overall. 3-1-1 AV-CTL) can clinch a share with Eisenhower, also with one loss, by not taking a loss against Valley Center on May 15.
But if Goddard loses to Valley Center and Andover defeats Eisenhower, it creates scenarios where all the other four teams in contention could win at least a share of the title.
“There’s a lot of parity, for sure,” Andover coach Chris Lemons said. “There are just a lot of very good teams in this league. The constant back-and-forth of teams beating teams, it just shows how good this league is getting.”
Andover is nearing full health and it showed, as Lizzie Scharping’s return solidified the back and allowed Andover more freedom in the middle of the field.
“It was awesome to play the beautiful game without being in pain constantly and not wanting to cry every time I kick the ball,” Scharping said.
Goddard tested that back line early and struck in the first 10 minutes of the game, as Sydne Harpenau connected with Kenzie Klaassen for a goal.
But the Trojans did not wither. It didn’t take Andover long to equalize, on a goal from Madi Hearne, and then take the lead on a goal from Abby Anderson.
“Tonight was all about heart for me,” Lemons said. “Any time you come out with a lot of passion and give up a goal early, you’re scared they might hit the panic button. But they responded and they played phenomenal.”
And when Ana Dilkes put the finishing touches on the win, on a long free kick in the final minutes, it marked yet more parity in a league overflowing with it.
“I think we let up a little after we scored right off the bat,” said Goddard coach Ryan Rooney. “I think we thought we were going to coast. We didn’t really go try to get that second one. And you just can’t do that in this league.”
First half—Goddard, Klaassen (S. Harpenau); Andover, Hearne (Leatherman); Andover, Anderson (Nudo). Second half—Andover, Dilkes (unassisted). Shots—Goddard 5-4—9; Andover 4-4—8. Saves—Goddard, Lawrence 1-1—2; Andover, Endsley 2-2—4.