GIRLS SOCCER

Griffith, Michelle Beck, steamroll No. 5 Wheeler

2013-09-04T20:15:00Z 2013-09-05T14:39:50Z Griffith, Michelle Beck, steamroll No. 5 WheelerDavid P. Funk Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
September 04, 2013 8:15 pm  • 

GRIFFITH | If they weren't getting noticed before, the Griffith Panthers certainly will be now.

The Panthers cruised to a 4-0 win over Wheeler in a matchup of undefeated squads Wednesday.

Griffith (5-0) wasted no time jumping out in front with Michelle Beck's lucky find at 4:26. Melanie Turner's shot ricocheted off a Wheeler defender, right to Beck's foot about five yards in front of the goal.

Bearcats keeper Kadie Spoor got a hand on the ball but it found the bottom corner.

"It was just a lucky bounce from one of their players and I tried to aim for the corner as best as I could," Beck said. "The whole team played really good. I think it was a really cohesive group of girls."

Emily Duhon stole a Wheeler pass in the 12th minute and rocketed a shot over Spoor and under the crossbar.

Griffith had 13 shots on goal and many more sailed wide and over the net as the Panthers were regularly taking shots from 18 yards or more.

"I always say if you see a frame in your range, you take a shot. So I'm OK with (the deep shots)," Griffith coach Wally Kudyba said. "But at times tonight, they were a little bit ambitious."

Beck notched another on a breakaway at 38:56. Lauren Hernandez hit Beck with a pass over the top and the freshman looped a shot over Spoor from 20 yards.

Wheeler (6-1) had a visible gap between its midfield and defense, a problem Bearcats coach Bryan Murray said came down to lack of communication.

"(Griffith) controlled the play because they controlled the possession," Murray said. "We could never get a handle on Yadi (Castellanos) and the others in the middle of the field."

Castellanos had the final goal at 74:04. The Panthers have now outscored opponents 29-3 on the season.

"We really like the short game. That's our style and I think we're really adapting to it," Kudyba said. "There's no reason to change it."

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