Opening night Aug 18 at Harrison as the Raiders hosted the Knights. And it was hot with game time temps close to 90. Harrison began the game with good possession but had trouble keeping quality chances on goal. The Knights would spring Weeks on a breakaway for the first shot on goal but sophomore Hein stood tall to register the game’s first save. The Raiders would get a corner kick opportunity and Gerrety cleared out the ball wide on a strong header. Rainey would settle, push her advantage on the sideline and send in a far post ball that found freshman Geswein positioned in the middle of the goal for a well-placed volley to the back of the net. 1-0 in the 11th minute for the home side. Knights had a couple chances including after midfield fouls from the Raiders. In the 24th minute, Geswein changed sides and dropped to support the Raider attack. When she turned at the 30 without any defensive pressure, she took a touch and unleashed a shot from outside the 18 that was just over the outstretched fingers of freshman goalie Ulrey and tucked just under the crossbar to up the lead to 2-0. Geswein would later attack from the left and get endline. A hard low cross would squeak by the CC defender where Musi directed a shot. Despite a deflection off the defender, it found the corner of the net for a 3-0 lead with 19 minutes remaining. Ulrey would register the next 3 saves and get defensive help at the post on another shot to keep down any more damage in the half. A late challenge by the Knights had Dana Blichmann hit the post and defender deflection earned a corner kick. Bobillo moved up and sent in a hard low cross at the near post. Miscommunication between a Raider defender and goalie as the ball skipped up hard and deflected just inside the post resulted in a Knights’ celebration even though the result of an own goal. Effort play was rewarded to get the game to 3-1 in the waning minutes of the half. Knights had 3 shots on goal, all saved by Hein with Raiders with 7 of 13 on goal with Ulrey credited with 3 of the 4 saves. Harrison led fouls 7-1 while Knights defense was led by Ulrey with 7 defensive stops followed by 4 each from Bobillo and Kiracofe.
Second half started with possession again by the Raiders with a bit more urgency in front of the goal. Ulrey was called upon on for a few saves and Harrison couldn’t find the finishing touch to beat her, sending many shots wide. Counter from Knights would have Pannell wide and a well-placed shot found the top corner including the inside post. Despite the round post, the ball deflected back out and across the goal mouth and was cleared. Only minutes later, Musi would possess at the 25, change directions to set up her right foot, and turn with a quick blast that rose than dipped. Into the top corner, far post to provide Harrison a cushion in the 63rd minute. Minutes later, building from the back, Boocher continued possession from the middle and sent another distance blast through traffic to build Harrison’s lead to 5-1. In the heat, Knights would continue to fight as late fouls started adding up for the Raiders content to stop any Knights’ counters early. Gerrety, Pumarino and Pannell pressured on the left wing as neither team could get free for a cross or clear the defense. Pannell possessed on the sideline and sent in a high shot again far post, this one again over Hein but under the bar and inside the post to cut the deficit to 5-2 with 8 minutes to play. Raiders pressured in the final minutes with Ulrey earning several more saves, two from point blank range in 1 v 1 situations vs Musi and Geswein seeking hat tricks. Harrison would finish with 9 of 18 shots on goal in the half with Ulrey earning 7 saves while Knights managed 4 of 7 shots on goal and 3 more saves for Hein. Foul count would mount to 16-4 for the game without a yellow card. Schafer led the half with 6 defensive stops while Ulrey had 11 for the game to go along with her 10 saves. Next up is varsity match vs Jeff on Wednesday