By Ken McKenzie
SPASH Soccer moved to 3-0-0 in Wisconsin Valley Conference play blustery Tuesday in scoring a 5-0 shutout win over Marshfield (0-2-0 WVC and 3-3-0).
The win didn’t come easy as the spirited defensive battle kept much of the action more in the middle of the field than the Panthers have been accustomed to this early season.
Marshfield’s defensive plan was to ‘shadow’ SPASH prolific scorer, Abby Bohanski, and try to double or even triple team her any time she was near the ball. The Tigers’ McKayla Schuer drew the primary assignment and certainly stymied the SPASH offense in the first half, although Bohanski broke free long enough to catch a crossing pass from Anna Zajakowski to put one in the net for a 1-0 lead at 27:20.
But SPASH payed steady both offense and defense which, and thanks to passing combinations broke in the second half wore the Tigers down. Bohanski netted her second goal on the night at 61:33 and Justice Menge got into the scoring act shortly thereafter with consecutive goals on passes from Zajakowski at 66:34 and 70:52. Bohanski then put the finishing touch on the scoreboard with her third goal at the 72:00 minute mark.
“We can expect teams will pack their defense like Marshfield did tonight,” said Coach Don Peel. “But you just keep plugging away, keep the pressure on and it eventually can break down. Once you score the second one, it often seems like the domino effect kicks in.”
Marshfield’s goalkeeper Andrea Carolfi had 14 saves on the night with SPASH’s Shayna Molski turning away four Marshfield attempts. Zajakowsi’s three assists were key in
SPASH has a conference bye Thursday before traveling to Wisconsin Rapids next Tuesday for a 7 PM game. Their next home game is Thursday, April 30, against Merrill on Scaffidi Field at the Portage County Youth Soccer Complex.