Didja’ ever get,
Didja’ ever get one,
Didja’ ever get one of them,
Didja’ ever get one of them days, boy?
Didja’ ever get one of them days?
When nothin’ is right from mornin’ till night,
Didja’ ever get one of them days?
On Thursday, Sept. 14 at West Holmes High School, the Lady Knights soccer team had one of those days that was exactly like what Elvis Presley was singing about in the classic song, “Didja Ever.”
Things went sideways for West Holmes (1-7-2) fairly early, and against a team as talented as Wooster (5-2-2), chances are good that you are going to have one of those days.
“As a player I remember those games when absolutely nothing goes right,” West Holmes head coach Brooke Fox said. “You can’t make the touches. You can’t make the passes, and I think all 11 of us had that game tonight. It is just one of those games that we want to forget and move forward.”
Fox said the issue of struggling when the Lady Knights get down is an issue they are having to fight through right now. She said the team’s body language can change for the worse when the team gets behind.
“It was very frustrating to watch,” Fox said. “It was like quicksand. Once we got in it, we kept sinking deeper and deeper. Trying to keep us encouraged and moving forward is important. I was still very hopeful even when we let them have a second goal, but we were having one of those games where nothing went right. We couldn’t pass to feet. We couldn’t get a good touch. It was just tough to watch.”
Wooster got the scoring going 15 minutes into the game when Sydney Wright connected on a long indirect kick from Haley Balas. Midway through the first half, Alexa Sommer found Tasha Hartman on a brilliant crossing pass that led to a great score to make it 2-0, and then at the 12:49 mark, Sommer boomed one in from deep to spot the Generals to a 3-0 lead.
Less than two minutes later, West Holmes had a golden opportunity to get one back, but the ball was sent just wide by Whitney Miller, and with 4:21 to play in the half, Gabby Monastra lined up for a free kick just outside the 18 and hammered it home for a 4-0 Wooster lead.
The huge start was exactly what the Generals wanted to do in making a statement and taking command in a game in which they were the heavy favorite.
“We wanted to come out strong from the start, move the ball quickly and play good defense, and we did that,” said Charles Cerniglia, Wooster head coach. “I felt it was very important to come out quickly. West Holmes is well-coached, and they were going to come out with everything they have as they could to beat us. This is their field, and they were going to play hard, so we had to be ready and play good, hard, clean soccer.”
Wooster didn’t let up on the gas in the second half, although West Holmes’ defense settled in. Sommer ripped a strong shot off the left post near the start of the half, and then with 29:44 Lindsey Adams dribbled into the Lady Knights’ end of the field, went around two players and hit a beautiful left-footed kick that flew in the net to make it 5-0.
“When I was making the lineup today, I made it a little more offensively-minded in the hopes that we could make something positive happen moving forward,” Fox said. “I probably should have kept in mind that this Wooster team is very talented up front. That is on me.”
West Holmes did not allow a goal after that and had a couple of nice chances to score but missed. Charolette Brown’s header off a crossing pass sailed just up and over the cross bar, and Kerri Wagner hit a bullet that was snared in goal.
With the Generals taking control of the possession for much of the game, Wooster fired off a whopping 23 shots compared to just four for West Holmes. Hannah Parsons had 13 saves in net for the Lady Knights while Lily Williams was tested just once for Wooster.