The Chillicothe High School soccer Lady Hornets on Friday cut down their goals allowed significantly from their 2013 season-opening 6-0 loss last Wednesday, but remained in need of some offensive punch.
The CHS booters limited visiting Kirksville to a single, late tally Friday, but that was enough for the Lady Tigers to claim a 1-0 decision.
"We made some defensive adjustments from Wednesday's game and those paid off," Lady Hornets head coach Lance Harvey commented.
"Goalkeeper Cyrsten Lollar had some key saves and the young defensive lineup communicated well," the coach praised.
Played again in quite chilly conditions, the contest on the artificial-surfaced Bob Fairchild Field of CHS' new Jerry Litton Memorial Stadium was without any goal scoring for the first three-fourths of the contest.
Offensively, Chilli put together some nice opportunities, several in the first half, but were unable to capitalize as the two evenly-matched teams battled to gain the upper hand.
Then, in the 65th minute, reported Harvey, a Chillicothe defensive breakdown in the midfield allowed a Kirksville players to make almost a full-length run to the goal on the Lady Hornets' defensive end of the pitch. Lollar made a valiant effort at the save, but was unable to prevent the goal.
Harvey stated, "It shows what happens when you stop playing defense in the midfield. It really puts our defense in a tough position."
With only 15 minutes left, Chillicothe could not accomplish any different result from what had happened in the first 65 and succumbed via shutout for a second-straight outing.
"We played fairly well and I was proud of the girls," reflected Harvey. "We"ll keep working hard and we'll improve."
Chillicothe players of note in the match, according to the coach, were midfielders Jozie Reeter and Brooke Thomas and the defenders Bailey Fox, Sam Baldwin, Hallee Jones and Carley Anderson.
Prior to Friday's varsity action, Chillicothe's junior-varsity squad also played well, but lost 1-0, reported Harvey.
The CHS girls' next match is scheduled for tomorrow at Smithville, weather permitting. Smithville also has a synthetic- turf field, increasing the likelihood the game will be able to be played as scheduled.