Rangers drop 3-0 decision to Park TudorOctober 24, 2020
By JIMMY LAFAKIS
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EVANSVILLE — Through the first 40 minutes of Saturday evening’s Class A semi-state game at Evansville North, Forest Park (13-6) kept Park Tudor’s explosive offense in check. Just after the second half began, Panthers junior forward Colina Miroff ignited a rally and carried Park Tudor to a 3-0 victory.
“We had to stay compact and tight defensively,” Rangers head coach Brad Weyer said. “We did such a good job. The problem with that is you’re going to get worn down quicker. Credit to them. They have some absolutely incredible players that can really finish well up top. They finished when we made mistakes.”
Forest Park’s back line was tested throughout the first half. The defenders remained steady throughout the period, but the Panthers clawed back in the second frame. Miroff broke the scoreless tie with 29:22 remaining.
“Once they got that first goal, we kind of let up a little bit,” Weyer said. “That’s tough. We didn’t really have any sort of answer offensively. We had a couple of chances, but we really couldn’t get through to the attacking third and make anything happen tonight.”
At the 21:34 mark in the half, Miroff weaved her way through the Forest Park defense and tapped in her second goal of the evening. At that point, counter-attacking became crucial for the Rangers.
Park Tudor sophomore midfielder Katie Hur turned on the jets and knocked in a goal off a deflection with 5:28 to play. After the final horn sounded, Weyer brought the Forest Park student-athletes together on the pitch.
As the situation’s gravity sunk in, the head coach spoke to the players in a candid manner. Although the loss was fresh in their minds, the Rangers relieved themselves with wide grins and hearty laughs in the huddle.
“We faced adversity multiple times this season,” Weyer said. “Not once did anyone say, ‘I can’t do this’ or complain about anything. They always had a smiling face and a great attitude. I’m going to miss that for a little while.”
The COVID-19 pandemic provided a newfound sense of clarity for Weyer and the team. Amidst this abnormal campaign, the Rangers developed a heightened level of gratitude for the game.
“Just being able to play has been an absolutely incredible experience,” Weyer said. “These girls do it with a smile on their faces. Just being a part of this and sharing this moment with them is just an awesome feeling.”
A healthy mix of young talent and seasoned veterans will suit up for Forest Park next year. This season’s historic run established a precedent for future success.
As Weyer prepares for the upcoming tasks, an optimistic attitude remains at the forefront of his approach.
“I’m just looking forward to the future,” he said. “We’re returning a lot of players next year. We’re bringing in some freshmen next year. I’m excited to see how the younger players develop in the off-season, as well.”
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