Howard High pulled away from a 4-4 tie at halftime to defeat visiting South Carroll, 12-5, on Friday. The Lions scored the last seven goals of the game.
“At halftime we realized that we needed to pick it up. We needed to finish, because at the Karl Wolf (tournament) we lost by one and we didn’t want that to happen again,” said Howard senior Kristen Woolschlager. “We needed to stay motivated. We knew we had to play a whole game not just a first half.”
The two teams traded goals after the intermission, then Howard powered in front.
“I think we just let it get away from us,” said South Carroll coach Brigid McTavish. “We let them take that three-goal run and that just really had a lot of momentum for them to keep going.”
South Carroll’s efforts were hampered by its over aggressiveness. The Cavaliers received three yellow and one red card during the game.
For each card, a team plays down a player for two minutes. After the fourth card, the team plays short the rest of the game.
In the second half, Howard was a man-up for nearly 13 minutes, including that last 10:39 of the game.
“When we went down a man, that’s really difficult in high school,” said McTavish. “It’s hard to come back from something like that.”
The first half, the game went back and forth.
“I thought we worked the all around well and took good shots,” said South Carroll’s Kendall Noel. “The second half, we just didn’t come out smart.”
Noel led her team with two goals and two assists. Chrissy Jarobe also had two goals.
The bulk of Howard’s scoring came from Kristen Woolschlager and Abbey Groft, each with four goals, and Katie Schluederberg, who had three goals and two assists.
The Lions’ offense had a bit of an advantage because South Carroll goalkeeper Angel Hataloski plays for Howard coach Alleesha Davidson’s club team.
“I knew what she could do and couldn’t do and (my girls) put pressure on her,” Davidson said.
Davidson also praised her team’s defensive ride. “How many turnovers did South Carroll have? That makes me happy going forward because we’ve been putting a lot of time into that.”
The five goals are the fewest the Lions have given up in a game this season.
Howard 12, South Carroll 5
Goals: Ho – Kristen Woolschlager 4, Abbey Groft 4, Katie Schluederberg 3, Megan Hart. SC – Kendall Noel 2, Chrissy Jarboe 2, Keriann McTavish.
Assists: Ho – Katie Schluederberg 2, Charlotte Wilkinson, Kelsey Savje. SC – Kendall Noel 2.
Saves: Ho – Lauren Ferraro 5. SC – Angel Hataloski 9.