The Hillsboro junior varsity soccer team had a productive weekend as it took second place at its own Hillsboro JV Tournament. The Hawks went 2-1 in the tournament and have improved their season mark to 7-3-3.
Friday night, in the first game of play, the team defeated the Hillsboro freshman team, 3-0. Zoe Wood was all the offense Hillsboro would need, as she scored the hat trick. Her first goal came with 18:59 remaining in the first half off an assist from Gracie Schmitt. Wood scored again, not too much later with 12:43 to go, this time as Miranda Dickinson got the helper. Her final goal would came late in the second half. “Zoe was standing at the top of the 18 yard box, and the keeper didn’t strike the ball hard enough,” said JV coach Tish Naeger. “So when it reached Zoe, she put it right back on goal before the keeper could get back into position.”
Naeger said Friday’s game was a good sign. “I feel it was a good game with our other Hillsboro team,” she said. “They played well, and I could see major improvements from when we started the season. I think it can be hard to play against girls you know real well and may even consider friends.”
The second game was a little different. The opponent was Sullivan, and the Hawks were to face them last weekend for the championship of the DeSoto Tournament. So not only would this game count for pool play of the Hillsboro Tournament, it would also serve as the championship game of the DeSoto tournament.
Unfortunately, Hillsboro lost, 2-0. The Eagles scored the first goal late in the first half off a foul outside the 18 yard box. “The Sullivan defender shot, hitting the upper 90 on the far post,” said Naeger. “It was a good shot. We continued to battle, getting several looks on goal, and their goalie played a solid game.” Late in the second half, one of Sullivan’s outside mids sent a ball going far side to seal the win.
“We had a little bit more breakdown in communication in our defensive line, and my girls were not moving up and back as a team,” said Naeger. “So we were getting gaps, and I believe this was because we were getting tired. We played back to back in the same night and had already played two games in the week, one being the night before. We have some injuries right now, and have just a few subs that can jump in and help out.
Saturday’s third game of the tourney matched the Hawks and Kelly. Hillsboro took a 2-0 decision. “Zoe Wood scored off a great pass by Gillian Sherp with 18:43 left in the first half,” said Naeger. “Then in the second half, Emily Woodham made a great throw to Gillian who made a great turn and punched it through to the back of the net in the first four minutes of the second half. We were a bit sore today, but the girls dug deep and played hard.”
The Hawks will play again on Tuesday as they enter the Union JV Tourney. Hillsboro will open against Washington at 6:30 p.m.