Girls soccer: Wheeler’s season ends with loss to Argos
By Mark Bradford Post-Tribune correspondent October 13, 2012 11:38PM
Updated: November 15, 2012 6:54AM
ARGOS — What appeared to be Wheeler’s bad break was actually Argos’ well-executed play as a surprisingly early Dragons goal ignited them to a 4-1 win over the Bearcats in the Class A Argos Regional girls soccer final on Saturday night.
The fans had barely cleared their throats after the National Anthem when Dragons senior forward Jami Patterson rocketed a ball from 30 yards out on which Bearcats’ keeper Kimberley Moskovich leaped as high as she could. Unfortunately for her, she was only able to slightly tip the ball, which caromed off the bottom of crossbar, struck her on the back and rolled into the net.
The goal set the tone for the rest of the evening as it reflected the strategy of veteran Argos coach Jon Alcorn.
“We had only seen Wheeler play once and we didn’t think they had any weak spots,” he said. “So we thought that we needed to get the ball high.”
Wheeler (17-3) got a break of its own in the 32nd minute when an Argos defender whiffed on a clearing attempt in front of the net and Bearcats, freshman forward Terra Phillips was on the spot to net the equalizer.
That goal seemed to refocus Argos (13-5-2) and it retaliated with two quick goals off set pieces to go into halftime ahead 3-1.
“I told the radio people before the game that we had to control Patterson and then she gets a goal in the first minute of the game,” Wheeler coach Bryan Murray said. “The real difference is that they finished on set pieces and we were very inefficient in the back. That’s the story of the game.”
Murray was still happy with Wheeler’s season that included its first sectional title.
“I’m happy for the girls obviously,” he said.
“It was a good season. You can tell the program is arriving a little bit more when you see the disappointment on their faces. They obviously wanted a better result.”