Jasper runs into a wall against WashingtonSeptember 24, 2019
By JONATHAN SAXON
JASPER — It was hard to keep track of how many shots the Jasper girls soccer team took during its game Tuesday against Washington. Every few minutes, the Wildcatrs were charging the net looking to adjust the lights that dot their box on the scoreboard. But it was not meant to be.
The Wildcats played their hearts out and made every effort, but Hatchets sophomore goalie Griselda Revolorio was an immovable object planted right in front of the net. In the end, every charge was repelled as Washington edged Jasper, 1-0.
Wildcats coach Michael Donato couldn’t say the girls didn’t play hard or failed to bring a high-energy level to the field. All he could do was point to Revolorio’s greatness, and reasoned that any other goalie would have withered under the pressure Jasper mounted.
“They played great, they really did,” he said. “The only thing we talked about was trying to change up the way we were attacking, we kind of kept attacking the same way. The goal keeper (Revolorio) knows how to read it, she’s fantastic. In a lot of other games, a lot of those attempts that we had would have been in. She’s extraordinary.”
Jasper (3-6-3, 1-1) knew it was in for an uphill battle to put goals past Washington (4-8, 2-2), based on their previous meeting in last season’s sectional semifinal, which the Hatchets also won 1-0. Shots from the outside wouldn’t cut it, since they gave Revolorio too much time to adjust to the ball. So the girls figured they had to find ways to score from close range. Still, things didn’t always go according to plan.
“We were taking our shots from the outside, which we know we shouldn’t have done,” junior Kara Krueger said. “We wanted to try and slip in behind their defense and get close to the goal to put one right past her. We didn’t get as many opportunities as we wanted in the beginning of the game. We started to get closer to that in the end, but it was too late.”
Jasper’s shots came from all over — the top of the box, crosses off corner kicks, desperate bids amidst a crowd of defenders and one-on-one encounters at the net. Each one was collected by Revolorio. Meanwhile, the Hatchets didn’t put forth nearly as much offense, but they only needed to be successful once.
That one time came with a little over 29 minutes left in the first half, as junior Jessica Hart managed to find a window in a melee of players that she used to sneak one past junior goalkeeper Emma Shelton. After that, most of their effort centered on playing defense around the net, hoping Revolorio could clean up anything that got past the frontline.
The loss was tough to swallow, but the Wildcats chose to look at the game as a learning opportunity. The late shots were better, it’s just a matter of pulling them off earlier if they should see Revolorio or another goalie like her further down the line.
“What we wanted to do, we started to figure out how to do it,” Krueger said. “That’ll prepare us for when sectionals come around. Maybe we’ll get a better chance then. We just have to figure out how to get around such an amazing goalie.”
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