BEECHER | Beecher's Bobbi Stanula knows the Ladycats can play with anyone. Stanula and company are just having trouble finding the net to finish their scoring chances and win the close matches.
Beecher was shut out against River Valley Conference foe Herscher 2-0 Tuesday afternoon at the second annual Shoot for the Troops match.
The Ladycats had their fair share of chances at the offensive end but could not finish to get on the board. Beecher keeper Sydney Schubert recorded five saves for the Ladycats and kept the home team in the match most of the way.
"We come out really strong and we're definitely able to hang with every single team," Stanula said. "If we can't push ourselves to beat them, we can definitely hang with them. It's just a matter of whether or not we can put the ball in the back of the net. We just have to be on our A-game. When we're on our A-game that's when we end up shooting it in the back of the net."
The second annual Shoot for the Troops match looked to match 2012's total of $1,200 raised for the Wounded Warrior Project. Beecher coach Dawn Compton felt blessed with a nice day to hold the event which was rescheduled after a weather postponement earlier in the season.
"I think we had a great turnout, and we were very blessed with the weather today," Compton said. "I'm super happy with the amount of people we had on the field to honor today. I think we doubled the amount of people compared to what we did last year."
Compton also said the team is feeling the frustrations of not being able to finish their scoring chances. The loss dropped the Ladycats to 2-4 in River Valley Conference play.
"We just don't finish," Compton said. "We move the ball well, we give ourselves some good opportunities, we just don't find the back of the net. It's frustrating. I'm frustrated and the girls are frustrated, but we just need to keep plugging along and hopefully break through by the time regionals come."
Stanula feels the Ladycats just need to push themselves harder and the goals, and wins, will come.
"I still think that we have a strong team," Stanula said. "We're going to be OK in regionals, we just have to push ourselves harder."