Osborne 'kicks' Heritage Hills past RangersSeptember 3, 2019
By TRAVIS DAVID
BRETZVILLE — “Kick the ball” was chanted from the Forest Park cheering section as Haley Osborne slowly stepped her way towards a penalty kick Tuesday evening.
A second later, the Heritage Hills player obliged as she booted a shot past keeper Madison Wathen in the lower-right corner of the net for the first score of the game.
The goal came in the 46’ and Osborne later added a second goal to lead Heritage Hills to a 2-0 win over its Pocket Athletic Conference foe.
“Everytime I take a penalty kick I go to the bottom-left corner and I could see the goalie cheating that way so I decided to pass it to the bottom right this time,” Osborne said of her first goal. “She was not ready for it and I am glad it went in.”
As for the chants from the crowd, the Heritage Hills player said she did not hear what was being said.
“When I am up there I just zone everything out,” Osborne stated. “Everything behind me, I just zone out.”
Forest Park had a chance to strike first.
Payton Dilger tried to catch the Patriots off guard as she quickly booted a free kick from about 25 yards out but Patriots’ keeper Mallory Garrison made a leaping save on the ball in the 4’ of the contest.
Dilger sent two more free kicks on goal in the second half as Garrison again made leaping saves on both.
“Mallory has been doing a fantastic job for us,” Heritage Hills coach Andy Fischer said of his keeper. “She’s been working really hard on her skills with assistant coach Morgan Schaeffer and it showed tonight. She was alert and ready.
“She is a big-time player for us in goal and it showed tonight.”
For the match, Garrison stoned 12 shots from the Rangers — eight coming in the second half.
Madison Wathen nearly matched Garrison save-for-save.
The Rangers’ keeper kept her team in the match as she stopped seven shots in the first half — three coming on breakaway opportunities.
More impressive in the saves, was the fact Wathen was playing through an injury.
“She was battling a thumb injury tonight and probably should not even have been playing,” Forest Park coach Brad Weyer said. “But we are glad she played because if she would not have been out there, we probably would have given up a lot more goals.”
Wathen stopped eight of 10 shots she faced.
Aside from barely missing on a long free kick, the Rangers missed out on another scoring chance in the first half.
Lauren Jahn made a nice centering pass on a cross to Emma Grundhoefer in the 12’.
Garrison was out of position as Grundhoefer tried sneaking the ball in the lower-left corner of the net, but missed wide by less than a foot.
“I tell our players I would rather be great than lucky and we are a great team and every once in a while the ball is going to bounce your way and others it does not, that’s just soccer,” Weyer stated. “If we get one of two bounces to go our way tonight, maybe it’s a different outcome, but I am proud of the effort from our side.
“We played against a very capable and strong Heritage Hills team tonight. We just have to work out some things offensively.”
Heritage Hills improved to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in conference play, while the Rangers fall to 0-3-1 and 0-1 in league play.
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