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Trojan girls edged by Twisters in the rain

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New Castle’s Abby Hamilton (10) gets ready to boot a free kick toward the goal during Saturday afternoon’s girls soccer game against Oldenburg Academy at Neal Field. Hamilton’s kick was on-line but got tipped over the goal by the Twisters’ keeper. The Trojans lost 2-1.
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New Castle’s Lauren Ayers (19) takes the ball down the field against Oldenburg Academy defender Pam Meneses (10) during a rainy girls soccer game Saturday afternoon at Neal Field. Ayers had four shots on goal but none tickled the twine in the Trojans’ 2-1 loss to the visiting Twisters.
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New Castle’s Molly Welch (12). Ashlynn Clouse (2), Lauren Ayers (19), and goalkeeper Olivia Carnes (1) plus another teammate get into position to defend against an Oldenburg Academy corner kick during Saturday afternoon’s girls soccer game at Neal Field. Carnes had 13 saves and the Trojan defense held the visiting Class A No. 11 Twisters to two goals, but still lost 2-1.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com

Rain was coming down Saturday afternoon, but at least there was no lightning as the New Castle High School girls soccer team hosted Class A No. 11 Oldenburg Academy at Neal Field.

The visiting Twisters pushed in a goal late in the first half, added another early in the second half, and held off the host Trojans 2-1 in a defensive battle.

Oldenburg Academy improved to 5-1-1 for the season while New Castle dropped to 2-8.

Despite the heavy rain of the previous day and early Saturday, the players moved well due to the fact that Neal Field drains well. No one scored until one of Oldenburg’s captains, senior Sydney Hogg, blasted a shot into the right corner of the net for a goal 6:07 before halftime to give the Twisters a 1-0 advantage.

New Castle goalkeeper Olivia Carnes recorded two of her 13 saves in the contest at the 3:15 and 2:42 marks of the first half to keep the visitors from scoring again before intermission.

The Trojans came close to scoring very late in the first half. Abby Hamilton was knocked to the turf by an Oldenburg player and was awarded a free kick from about 25 yards out. Hamilton’s boot was true, but was deflected over the goal by the Twister goalkeeper with 27 seconds to play in the first half, and the score remained 1-0 at halftime.

Oldenburg scored to make it 2-0 early in the second half, but New Castle kept plugging away and finally scored when Sarah Gerth took a pass from Hamilton and booted the ball into the net, trimming the Twister lead to 2-1.

No more goals were tallied, so Oldenburg took the 2-1 victory home.

‘We fought hard in the rain, but came up short,” stated New Castle Coach Brooke Burger.

The Trojans had eight shots on goal in the game. Lauren Ayers had four of them and Gerth and Hamilton two apiece.

New Castle plays at Pendleton Heights Thursday night and at Richmond Saturday afternoon.