Girls soccer: Masuk blanks Barlow for first win

Masuk’s Kacey Lawrence looks to get past Barlow’s Anna Tamallanca in the Panthers’ 2-0 win on Tuesday afternoon. — Andy Hutchison photo

Sometimes it’s was what is done without the ball that can make the biggest difference.

Masuk High’s girls soccer team, behind good movement on the part of players, capitalized on one chance in each half for a 2-0 victory at South-West Conference Joel Barlow of Redding on Tuesday afternoon.

“Their passing and moving off the ball creates the passing lanes which allows the girls to move the ball faster,” Masuk coach Jay Golesky said.

The Panthers, coming off a 2-0 loss to Shelton in the season-opener on Saturday, improved to 1-1. This was Barlow’s first game. The contest was played on one of the few natural-grass game surfaces around.

After the host Falcons were denied on a few early on chances, including a couple of corner kicks, Masuk began to get the better of the play.

Both goals were scored off rebounds.

With 15:56 left in the opening half, Emma French deposited a 25-yard low shot that Barlow goalkeeper Laurel Winslow could not handle. The scoring play developed when the Panthers moved the ball into the right corner and Winslow charged out to bat away a cross. Winslow got back into position, but French’s shot slipped through her arms as she tried to corral the ball.

Kacey Lawrence, who used her speed and skill to get past defenders and create chances throughout the game, just missed over the top and was stopped by Winslow in the opening half.

Lawrence deposited her own rebound after taking a centering feed from Giavanna DeLorenzo. Winslow stopped the initial shot, from in close, and Lawrence volleyed the ball out of mid-air and into the back of the net with 31:53 to play.

Winslow made nine saves as the Panthers challenged the Barlow defenders with regularity. Masuk keeper Maddie Kobza needed to make just three saves to preserve the clean sheet.

It was the defensive play of Rachel Hersch, Susan Matthews, Mackenzie Deering and French that kept the Falcons from breaking through more times than not.

“That allowed the two up front to stretch it out and allowed them to attack,” Golesky said of forwards DeLorenzo and Lawrence.

“Everybody in the SWC already knows about them from last year. Definitely a nice weapon to have in the arsenal of players,” Golesky added.

Masuk turned things around following the season-starting defeat.

“A lot more communication was put on the field, and more ball movement. Series of passes led to the goals,” DeLorenzo, a captain, said.

Putting a lot of shots at the goal was also key to the team winning, Lawrence said.

“Having the first win against them, early in the season, is a great morale booster for us,” Lawrence added.

Masuk’s Kacey Lawrence looks to get past Barlow’s Anna Tamallanca in the Panthers’ 2-0 win on Tuesday afternoon. — Andy Hutchison photo

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