The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Sports

August 26, 2013

Defense keys AU women

CLINTON – Going in to the 2013 season opener, the Ashford University women’s soccer team knew it was going to be challenged against a nationally ranked opponent.

At the end of the day, the Saints passed their first test of the year.

The 20th-ranked Saints got goals from seniors Sarah Schreck and Hollie Babut and used a suffocating defense to down No. 23 Baker University 2-0 on Saturday.

“It was a really good team performance,” coach Mick Regan said. “We made good use of our scoring chances in the first half, and after that we shut them down. Jess (VanDyke, Ashford’s goalkeeper) didn’t really have to make any tough saves. I was really happy with how tight we were defensively, and that was the biggest key for us.”

Ashford opened the scoring in the 11th minute, when a corner kick from Schreck took a strange bounce in front of the net that caromed off Baker goalkeeper Rachel Theobald into the cage for her first career goal as a Saint.

That score would hold up until the 40th minute, when Babut added some insurance. The Oshawa, Ontario, native finished off a beautiful passing play from Hannah Scheid and Alicia Tamburro for her 46th career tally, giving the Saints some breathing room.

From there, the Ashford defense took over, suffocating the Wildcats attack at every turn. VanDyke turned away all three shots she faced with ease to notch her sixth career shutout.

At the end of the day, the Saints learned a lot about their young defensive unit.

“They kept it simple,” Regan said. “That’s what you want to see out of your back line. We didn’t do anything flashy, just won the ball and battled. One of our biggest concerns was how young our defense is and how they would work together, and I feel like they really matured today.”

The Saints outshot the Wildcats 14-10, getting five shots apiece from Babut and Tamburro. Ashford also held a 7-4 edge in corner kicks.

Theobald stopped four shots on goal for Baker, and Lesley Johnson led all attackers with four shots.

Next up for the Saints is a trip to Chicago to face off with Tennessee Wesleyan on Saturday.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Lindley, Tom.jpg What will happen in NFL draft? No one really knows

    Despite the hours spent interviewing coaches, watching film and developing well-reasoned mock draft lists, the truth about the 2014 NFL draft remains a mystery, well-guarded by teams that have nothing to gain by publicly sharing their innermost thoughts.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Evers: For love of the green CLINTON - Conner Evers calls The Oaks Golf Course his home. There isn't a day where Evers won't visit the golf course on the city's west side. "I spend a lot of time here," Evers said with a laugh. "This is my second home. I love golf, and there's no

    April 24, 2014

  • LumberKings score bizarre run CLINTON -- Rain was the only thing that could have saved the Clinton LumberKings from losing Wednesday to Quad Cities 7-1. The run that the LumberKings got, however, came on a bizarre play. In the bottom of the first inning, Tyler O'Neill singled o

    April 24, 2014

  • 4-24-14 1B-photo, Ladehoff signs CCC right for Ladehoff DEWITT - Joe Shovlain says Clinton Community College has a great selling point: opportunity. For Central DeWitt senior Ellie Ladehoff, there was another key factor in her decision to attend the school. Ladehoff, who joined 11 of her classmates on sta

    April 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • Blackhawks even series CHICAGO -- Patrick Kane had his shot all along. Same for his dazzling puck-handling skills and the vision that sees the plays before they happen. What Kane got back on Wednesday night was his legs, and the result was a familiar one. Kane scored his s

    April 24, 2014

  • 4-24-14 1B-Photo, Drake story Youngsters take on oval

    CLINTON -- One of the biggest track meets in the nation begins today, and the youngsters will kick off the event at Drake University in Des Moines. The high school portion of the Drake Relays begins at 3 p.m. with the field events, and Clinton senior

    April 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • Semien hits a late slam DETROIT (AP) -- On the night he became the franchise's career leader in total bases, Paul Konerko liked what he saw from some of the younger Chicago White Sox. Marcus Semien's seventh-inning grand slam lifted the White Sox over the Detroit Tigers 6-4

    April 24, 2014

  • Hammel, Olt lead Cubs past D'backs CHICAGO (AP) -- Jason Hammel is certain the Chicago Cubs are better than their record so far. Hammel pitched seven strong innings, Mike Olt hit a three-run home run and Nate Schierholtz drove in a pair of early runs to lead the Cubs to a 9-2 victory

    April 23, 2014

  • Schreiber wins dual; Coppess 2nd at tri BETTENDORF -- To be the best, you have to beat the best. Brittany Coppess came close to doing that Tuesday at Hidden Hills Golf Course in a triangular meet between North Scott, Clinton and Pleasant Valley. Coppess finished with a nine-hole 42, 5 over

    April 23, 2014

  • 4-23-14 1B-photo, ethan jones Jones has eyes set on prize FULTON, Ill. -- Ethan Jones has all the confidence that he can become the Three Rivers Conference Player of the Year in baseball. "I just need to work hard, show up everyday and just play the best that I can every game so I can help my team win," Jo

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

High School Sports