Thursday, September 7, 2017
Columbus East High School
Batesville High School
The Batesville Lady Bulldogs faced off against the Columbus East Olympians at home on Thursday evening. Batesville put on a dominant performance as they were victorious 6-2 and outshot the visiting Lady Olympians 19 – 5. The Lady Bulldogs are now 9-0 on the season.
“Carlie Werner had an all-star performance in the game tonight” Coach Laker exclaimed. Werner got the Lady Bulldogs on the scoreboard early with a nice acrobatic move to kick the ball with her back facing the goal and put in in the upper 90 after a nice setup by Ellie Cassidy off of a corner kick. The Lady Olympians would even the score midway through the first half with a nice set piece finish by Lindsey Stoughton. Batesville’s second goal also was a product of great execution on a corner kick. This time Liz Heidlage played the short corner and the ball was played back out to her and she hit a great driven cross back into the box for the header finish from Taylor Rowlett. Batesville would take a 3-1 lead into halftime as Werner finished her second goal of the match after Rowlett played a through ball and Werner beat the last defender in a 1v1 battle where Werner was the stronger player and used her strength to get around the Columbus East defender for the score.
The second half opened up the game quickly. Georgia Gratz scored the Lady Bulldogs 4th goal just 2 minutes into the half to put the game out of reach for the Lady Olympians. Rowlett took a hard, low shot that bounced off the GK and Gratz was there for the rebound. Abbey Prickel netted the 5th goal of the night for the Lady Bulldogs. Just seconds after the Batesville players hit two shots off the crossbar, there were many Bulldog players inside the box trying to hit the loose ball into the back of the net and after 3 or 4 players tried unsuccessfully the ball bounced out to Prickel for the one-time finish across the goal and into the side net.
Columbus East would add one more to the scoring column with 26 minutes to play in the match. This time it was a poor clearance by the Lady Bulldog defense and Addy Galarno was there for the finish. Up 5-2, the Lady Bulldogs weren’t satisfied and continued to press. Rowlett dribbled around the back line and was taken out inside the box on a foul by the Columbus East defender. Rowlett netted her 2nd goal of the match with a nice PK finish.
Despite giving up two goals on the night, the Lady Bulldog defense was dominant for the majority of the match. Ellie Cassidy and Allison Storms continue to develop chemistry playing together and they were able to shut down all the build-up attacks centrally for the Lady Bulldogs. Baylee Rohlfing did a nice job winning many 50/50 balls and also jump-starting our offense with some nice angled passes into pass for our forwards to run onto. Jessica Westerfeld had some good minutes for the Lady Dogs backline as well. She handled the pressure well and her passing was spot on.