Who needs an instant replay camera when you have Ali Gilt on your soccer team? Gilt, a West Holmes senior and crazy-skilled attacker, scored back-to-back goals in the first half of the Lady Knights’ match with Tri-Valley on Sept. 13 leading West Holmes to their second win of the season.
Even more impressive is that Gilt’s goals came less than a minute apart. Then even more insane is the goals looked and played out exactly alike said West Holmes’ first-year coach Brooke Mowrer.
“It was crazy. It was the same exact goal and play,” Mowrer said. “Natalie (Parsons) hit a through ball to Ali (Gilt) on the same part of the field, Ali shot it over the goalkeeper and even in the same spot in the goal. It was like instant replay.”
Gilt’s heroics put the Lady Knights up 2-0 halfway through the first half, but Tri-Valley would tally a goal in the first as well and the teams went the the break with the Lady Knights up 2-1.
Sophomore Taylor Dye then got what ended up being the game-winning score when she put the Lady Knights up 3-1 on a play where she simply out-hustled everyone to the ball and made a classy finish.
“Taylor (Dye) put us up 3-1 when their goalkeeper came out to try and run down a through ball and Taylor beat her to it and just chipped it over her head for the goal,” Mowrer said. “It was a great finish.”
Despite coming out as the victors in the game, the Lady Knights were out-shot by a massive amount. West Holmes put up seven shots on goal while Tri-Valley was able to pelt the West Holmes goal for 24 shots.
That’s where great efforts from Katy Vaccariello, the Lady Knights’ senior center back, and West Holmes’ goalkeeper Savannah Rogers came in to play. Mowrer said a strong effort from both laides helped the Lady Knights hang on for the win.
“All seven of our shots were on goal and we took advantage of the looks that we got,” said Mowrer. “At halftime we only had the two shots and we scored on both of them. They had a lot more opportunities, but Savannah (Rogers) and Katy (Vaccariello) did a really nice job of stopping almost all their chances.”
The Scotties did muster a late goal to inch closer to the Lady Knights at 3-2, but Mowrer’s defense held on for the much needed West Holmes’ win.
“We played really well against Dover, John Glenn, Wooster and Lexington, but the only win we got in those games was John Glenn,” said Mowrer. “So this feels nice that the girls finally got a win in a game that they played well in.”
The Lady Knights are now 2-3-2 on the season and 1-1-1 and the Ohio Cardinal Conference.