For the WHS girls’ soccer team, it’s getting better all the time
So Thursday night’s 3-0 loss to the traditionally rich program of St. Peter Saints was a sure sign of improvement for Worthington coaches and fans alike.
“When we faced them earlier this season we lost 5-0 and it was the best we’ve played against St. Peter in a long time, and it was even better,” Trojans coach Emily said. Ahlquist. “Our team played very hard tonight, the best we have seen playing this season so far.”
However, the best player on the artificial surface at Trojan Field was St. Peter’s midfielder Adrianna Bixby. She scored all three goals for St. Peter as the Saints, who were 11-1-2 last season, rose to 4-4 overall and 4-2 in the Big South Conference game. .
Worthington fell to 2-7 and 2-4. But Ahlquist said the Trojans were headed in the right direction.
âThey were passing, they were seeing the space, they were making movements,â Ahlquist said of his players. âThey didn’t always necessarily complete those chances. We didn’t have a lot of chances at the net. But we move the ball better on the pitch than we have. So we’re gonna get there. “
Worthington senior goalkeeper Chantel Peralta had a good game, with maybe 20 saves. Several other Trojans did well on defense, as much of the game went to Worthington’s side.
“We had a great game from Leidy (Chavez Martin) and a great game from Arely (Martinez),” said Ahlquist.
Bixby was clearly the difference.
âShe is a very good player. Very solid, âsaid Ahlquist.
Bixby is not very tall. But the slightly built junior won that night.
âWe came out with good energy and it was a good game,â Bixby said. âWorthington put the pressure on us a bit. They fought well and did very well.
Bixby’s first goal came in the fifth minute following a deep flight in the WHS area.
Bixby added two goals in the second half. The first was a bounce from a corner in the 52nd minute, a right foot she pierced after receiving the ball high in the box with her back to the net.
Bixby’s knockout came in the 65th minute, a soaring left foot about 30 yards from goal.
“I was surprised by that one, I’m not going to lie,” Bixby smirked.
She said the Saints were happy with the victory – and the chance to play on the sparkling artificial turf at Trojan Field.
âThis stadium is really cool,â Bixby said. âIt’s great to play here under the lights.
The Trojans are at Marshall next Tuesday, then end the regular season with three straight home games.
Saint Peter 1 2 – 3
Worthington 0 0 – 0