By Bob Simmons
After a fast start to their season, the Winfield girls soccer team have lost four games in a row, including three GAC conference games.
On April 4, Winfield hosted Orchard Farm in GAC North Division play. Frustrations continue to grow for Winfield.
Even though the Warriors struck first, and scored less than two minutes into the game, Winfield failed to develop an attack and hold their lead.
“Orchard Farm tied the game midway through the first half, and then went ahead with less than two minutes to go in the half by converting a penalty kick,” said Coach James Gorski.
The second half did not see Winfield’s fortunes improve, as Orchard Farm added a third goal, winning 3-1.
Winfield’s only goal was scored by Karley Kaimann, her sixth goal of the season. Bre Burkemper assisted on the goal.
Olivia Jordan played the full 80 minutes as Winfield’s goalkeeper, and made 13 saves in the effort.
The loss drops Winfield’s overall season record to 4-4, and drops Winfield’s record in the GAC North to 0-3.
On March 30, Winfield traveled to St. Charles for a GAC North game.
Almost immediately, things looked bad for Winfield, as St. Charles scored in the first five minutes. However, Winfield fought back, scored a goal of their own, and stayed 1-1 until late in the half. The final six minutes of the half, though, changed the momentum, as St. Charles capitalized three times, the last with less than four seconds on the clock, to go into halftime with a 4-1 lead.
Although Winfield played better in the second half, it wasn’t enough to develop an attack. A couple of lapses gave up two more goals to St. Charles, one very early in the half, and one late in the half. Winfield lost by a final score of 6-1.
The lone goal for Winfield came from Kaimann, who made an incredible effort to penetrate the St. Charles defense single-handedly, ending with a beautiful finish.
Jordan played the full 80 minutes as Winfield’s goalkeeper, and made 20 saves in the effort.
On April 3, the Lady Warriors hosted O’Fallon Christian.
“Although Christian controlled more of the possession, we struck first, early in the game, scoring the first goal,” said Gorski.
Christian answered with a goal of their own, only 10 minutes into the game. The two early goals would prove to hold all the way to halftime, and then again through the entire second half, forcing the game into overtime.
Six minutes into the first overtime period, Christian ended the game, heading a corner kick into the back of the net, winning by a final score of 2-1.
Winfield’s goal was scored by Bre Burkemper, her third goal of the season. The goal was assisted by Kaimann.
Jordan played the full 86 minutes as Winfield’s goalkeeper, making 18 saves. Several were really high-quality, close-quarters, quick-hand saves, said Gorski.