Carrying on the tradition of their well-established rivalry, the Kickapoo Lady Chiefs faced off against the Lady Falcons in a heated game Wednesday night at Glendale’s Price Cutter Field. Glendale came out organized and ready to play as they put two goals past Kickapoo in the first half to shut the Lady Chiefs out, 2-0.
Glendale’s head coach, Jeff Rogers said, “I love [the rivalry]. It’s why I coach and it's why these kids wear the colors on both sides. A lot of them play together during the offseason, and it’s their chance to get out here, to play Kickapoo and shake hands with their cross town rival.”
Glendale started by sizing up Kickapoo’s goal in the first two minutes of play with a powerful shot by senior Driana Raff that whizzed, inches wide, past the goalpost.
The Glendale midfielders worked the ball down the field again in the sixth minute to make a long pass outside to Annie Powell. Powell crossed the ball back to the center, connecting with Courtney Wampler at the top of the 18. Wampler took some touches, pushing past KHS goalkeeper Molly Wassam to dribble the ball into goal.
“It was really awesome. I don’t think I’ve scored against Kickapoo in my whole entire career… or maybe I think that was the second time,” said Wampler.
Offensively, the Lady Falcons were well organized. They dominated in possession and were able to execute precision passes in the first half. This set the pace of the game, forcing Kickapoo to fall back to their own half.
“To their credit, offensively they had us in our defensive end for so long in the first half that our girls fell into that defensive shell and we just couldn’t push out," said Kickapoo coach Phil Hodge.
With the Lady Chiefs unable to retaliate offensively, Glendale made another clean run on Kickapoo’s net in the 28th minute. Raff drove the ball up the field, assisting Kenzie Robbins with the Lady Falcons’ second goal.
“The kids are really knocking the ball around well, and getting us a lot of opportunities… it’s a really unselfish group and it shows on the field,” Rogers said.
The second half started with the Lady Falcons still in control of the game’s momentum, but as they set up plays in the Lady Chiefs' defensive third, they were met with considerable resistance from Wassam.
Starting in the 61st minute, Glendale made four consecutive attempts on Kickapoo’s goal, but Wassam stopped each one cold. She batted down a powerful drive from Kasey Opfer and dove to snatch one up from Raff’s cleats.
After Wassam shut them down, the Lady Falcons shifted their focus to defense and successfully denied the Lady Chiefs any chance for a comeback.
Glendale stands undefeated at 3-0 after the win. They play Collinsville (Ill.) at a showcase tournament in St. Louis on March 29 at 6 p.m.
Kickapoo drops to 3-1. They will be in Saint Louis for the same two-day showcase tournament, starting on March 29 to face Francis Howell.
Glendale 2, Kickapoo 0
Glendale – Courtney Wampler, assisted by Annie Powell
Glendale – Kenzie Robbins, assisted by Drianna Raff