GIRLS SOCCER

Kougars knock off Panthers to remain undefeated in girls soccer

2013-09-17T21:15:00Z 2013-09-18T03:00:11Z Kougars knock off Panthers to remain undefeated in girls soccerChristopher Breach Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
September 17, 2013 9:15 pm  • 

WHEATFIELD | Kankakee Valley just kept attacking.

In a Northwest Crossroads Conference battle of unbeaten teams, Times No. 3 K.V. used two second-half goals to break a 2-2 deadlock and knock off visiting Griffith 4-2 Tuesday night.

Haleigh Wenglarz dribbled the ball in deep to attract the Griffith defense, and she found a streaking Natalie Lotz in front of the goal. Lotz beat Griffith goalkeeper Amy Dubala for the eventual game winner at the 46-minute mark to put the Kougars (11-0, 4-0 NCC) up 3-2.

"That was a great play," K.V. coach Alex Conklin said. "Haleigh did a good job of listening to Lotz."

Lotz said they knew they had to push the ball more in the second half.

"We had to work harder than the other team," she said.

Kara Gouwens scored her second of two goals on a cross from Alyssa Cox to put the hosts up 4-2 at 60:13.

"Defensively, they had some different looks than what we had seen," Conklin said. "We hadn't seen a 3-5-2 look much.

"We made some adjustments at halftime. They showed some resiliency, as we hadn't had many teams score that much on us. That was good to see."

K.V. hosts No. 1 Chesterton on Thursday.

Griffith opened the scoring at the 15-minute mark when Lauren Hernandez got to a deflected ball off a corner kick and found the right corner of the net.

Hernandez's goal awakened K.V. from its slumber, and Gouwens scored her first goal on an assist from Rikki Young at the 18:15 mark to tie the game at 1-1.

K.V. struck again moments later when Hannah Wilder scored her 17th goal of the season when she kicked in her own rebound off the post. It gave the Kougars a 2-1 advantage at the 19:39 mark.

Griffith (6-1-1, 2-1) didn't back down as Hernandez scored again on a cross from Rachel Kruhaj at 20:12 to knot the game at 2-2.

"I'm pleased with their performance," Griffith coach Wally Kudyba said. "We’ll get better and keep working hard. I had six freshmen that played tonight.

"K.V. is a great team. Hats off to them.”

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