EHS scores another victory


Allison Rhine

Hannah Leinert scored twice in a 5-0 victory over Oakville, April 30

The girls varsity soccer team showed its dominance for the 13th time this year against Oakville, April 30.

“We always try to get off to a hot start,” Hannah Leinert, Suburban West Conference leading scorer, said.  Leinert kept the start hot with a goal just six minutes into the game.

Shortly after the opening goal the Wildcats had another great scoring opportunity, but the ref called off-sides snuffing out the scoring opportunity.

With 14 minutes to go in the first half the Wildcats added some insurance.

Abby Pulliam, midfield, sprinted up the field and fired a cross in front of the net to Holly Gendece, midfield playing up from JV, who put it in the back of the net to put the Wildcats up 2-0.

“We’re getting contributions from JV players, players from our bench,” Mr. Bill Goggin, head varsity coach, said.

Oakville’s first scoring opportunity came just before half, but that chance came to a screeching halt when Sammi Dunda, defense, chased down the open OHS forward.

Before the first half ended, the referee made a call in the far corner against the Wildcats.  Coach Goggin vocalized his displeasure with the call, questioning it for several minutes.

“I thought we overcame some lackadaisical play,” Coach Goggin said. “I thought we played much better in the first 20 minutes of the second half.”

EHS definitely started the second half hot, scoring two goals in the first five minutes. Allie Gentry, forward, headed in a cross pass just four minutes after halftime.

One minute later Maddie Deane, defense, headed in a corner kick, towards the back post with just enough air for someone to go get it.

Leinert scored her second goal to put the Wildcats up 5-0.

“I knew I had to make a move,” Leinert said. “I was just trying to get the defender off guard and just go.”

In the final minute Shannon Kupfer, midfield, received a yellow card for running over an Oakville player.

The Girls Varsity Soccer Team ranks first in the Suburban West Conference. They have scored 54 goals this season and allowed just three at the time this story published.  The Wildcats’ dominance has been evident all year, losing just one time.

The team swept Lindbergh, 4-0, May 2, making their currently record, 14-1.