Blackford’s Lady Bruins played host to Knightstown on the first day of Fall in the BHS “Cleat out Cancer Game.”
On a very “Fall” morning with cool temperatures, Knightstown got the only goal of the game in the second half to defeat Blackford, 1-0.
Each of the girls made posters to honor someone in their lives who have suffered from cancer and brought them out for fans to see during pre-game activitiues.
“This is a special game for us. Both of us, as coaches (Coach Abby Whetsel, and Coach AaronHenderson) have felt the effects of loved ones dealing with cancer; it affects all of us,” said Coach Whetsel. “All of our players have known someone close to them that has also been affected by cancer. It is our goal to raise a little bit of attention and to raise funds for the local Cancer Association.”
On a day in stark contrast to the 90+ temperatures just two days prior, the change in weather, unfortunately, did not change the scoring drought for the Lady Bruins.
“We have out shot our opponents 36-20 in the past three games, but have been outscored 5-1 in those games,” noted Assistant Coach Henderson. “We just can’t buy a goal.”
The day would start with promising offensive play, with an onslaught of shots led by Gabby Henderson and Layla Pennington. But the Lady Bruins could not get the ball in the net.
The defense remained strong holding Knightstown to no goals in the first half of the game, as after 40 minutes it was deadlocked at 0-0.
The second half was much of the same for the Lady Bruins with shot after shot on goal, but no goals.
“We struggled a bit in the second half with composure. We are struggling mentally with understanding that we are a better team than most of our opponents, however; we tend to play down to their level, not up to ours,” noted, Coach Whetsel. “But we are getting better with it.”
Midway into the second half, the Lady Bruins would make a defensive change to put some more pressure up front. The change led to a brief miscommunication in defensive coverage which allowed Knightstown to score the only goal of the game to go up 1-0.
The Lady Bruins would continue to make repeated shots on goal, but would not be able to get on the board.
Offensively, Henderson would have 7 shots on goal, Pennington would add 4 shots, while Helen Whitesell, Sophia Jennerjahn, Bre Adney, and Josselyn Schick would each add one shot on goal. Goalie Jaycie Sones would see 11 shots on goal, saving 10.
The Lady Bruins, now 2-8, will travel to Jay County Tuesday night and conclude the regular season at home Thursday on Senior night against Delta.