Nationally ranked team takes best of Comets

James Nosek | Staff Writer

In an effort to dethrone the 12th ranked team in the nation, St. Ursula Academy, on August 23rd, the Mason varsity girls’ soccer team lost their 2011 season opener by a score of 2-1. 

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Photos by Rebekah Barnes and Katelyn Cain

St. Ursula is ranked 12th in the country according to fall preseason rankings by ESPN RISE and third in Ohio behind two other powerhouse schools, Strongsville High School and Walsh Jesuit High School.

After an early six-minute goal by St. Ursula’s Maddie Huster, they continued to dominate possession of the ball in the first half and scored again at the 17-minute mark when senior captain Marisa Wolf booted a top-shelf, 25-yard kick to make it 2-0.

Varsity head coach Andy Schur said that playing a highly ranked team like Ursula and the nerves of the first game contributed to the sluggish and non-aggressive first half for the Comets.

 “We were a little uncertain of ourselves [and] did some things that were out of character,” Schur said. “Certainly nerves played a part in that, it was pretty clear from the beginning that we were back on our heels and instead of being the team that dictated the play.”

 Mason in the first half had shots on goal and one being a free kick at the top of the penalty box that was easily saved by Ursula senior goalie, Natalie Smith. Mason ended with five shots on goal opposed to Ursula’s eight.

 The second half was a different story for Mason after halftime as they took possession of the ball more and added three more shots on goal. The second half scoreless streak ended when finally a Comet’s shot on goal paid off as Ivy Beddow headed in a cross from senior Alexis Enis for the goal.

 “It was a really good ball from Alexis and I was lucky to get my head on it,” Beddow said.

Schur said that the aggressive style and lead in the beginning of the game caused problem for the Comets.  

 “We let them get in a rhythm early,” Schur said. “When you let a team like that get a rhythm you really start to struggle and it [becomes] something you can’t stop.

NEXT GAME: 2:00 pm on Saturday August 27th @ Loveland