CULVER — Culver Girls Academy used a quick start to its advantage as the Lady Eagles were able to hold on and complete a 3-0 shutout of the Argos Lady Dragons in Culver Thursday.
In the fourth minute of the game, the ball got through the Argos defense, and Kennedy Kubica of CGA was able to get there first and put it in the back of the net, giving CGA the early 1-0 lead.
It was a windy day in Culver, and the Lady Eagles were able to use that to their advantage on the second goal. In the 38th minute, the Eagles’ Carolie Pepper sent a crossing kick towards the goal. The swirling wind made it a difficult read as the Argos defense misplayed the ball, and the Eagles’ Anne Tompos was there to capitalize and knock it home.
CGA coach Nathaniel King was very pleased with the way his team played this game.
“This was a conference game so we had a lot more to play for. Argos is the reigning conference champion. Our goal was to win the game and not concede any goals,” said King. “I was happy with our performance. It was a bit shaky towards the end, but we managed to keep them quiet, which is pretty good.”
In the second half, Argos pushed hard.
The Dragons were able to maintain possession for most of the half but weren’t able to convert on any of their scoring chances. With Argos pushing up the field, CGA’s Amber Crowell was able to get past the defense and score unassisted in the 48th minute.
Argos would have a couple more good scoring chances late, one coming at point blank range with about 4:40 left in the game, but was stonewalled by CGA goalie Gabrielle Switag.
“We started out the game passing pretty well, but there was a through ball early,” said Argos coach Jon Alcorn. “We were down one, and I thought we had started out pretty well. On the second goal, we got out of defensive shape. We came out in the second half, and I thought we played pretty well. We had to push up, and they got a nice counter.”
Despite the score, Coach Alcorn was pleased with the effort his team put forth at the end of the game.
“I wanted the kids to play to the whistle and the last 15 minutes; we should have had a good chance at two. It just didn’t bounce our way,” said Alcorn. “I told the kids, if you are working hard and give everything you got, I’m ok with that. We are 5-5, and the losing is a little bit tiring right now. I know it’s a young team, but I think this team has a lot of potential. I don’t think they realize what they have.”
Coach King was pleased with the way his team has improved since losing 2-0 to LaVille back on Aug. 29. “Compared to the LaVille game, we were more clinical in front of the goal. We took our chances. I think we were the more dominant of the two teams,” said King. “I give credit to Argos. They have a great coaching staff. They could have got one at the end, but I was happy in how well we defended despite the pressure Argos gave us.”
With the win, CGA now has a record of 2-5-2 with their next game coming against Wawasee this Saturday at 1:30 p.m. With the loss, Argos drops to 5-5 with their next game coming this Saturday at 10 a.m. against South Bend Clay.
• CGA 3, ARGOS 0
C – Kennedy Kubica (Amber Cowell), 4th minute
C—Anne Tompos (Carolie Pepper), 38th minute
C—Amber Cowell, 48th minute
Shots on Goal: CGA 8, Argos 4
Saves: CGA (Gabrielle Switag) 4, Argos (Jenni Fishburn) 5
Corner Kicks: CGA 3, Argos 5