By Robert Mackenzie
Published May 18 2017
The Haliburton Red Hawks senior girls’ soccer team came up just short of the Fenelon Falls Falcons Monday in a 2-0 loss which head coach Amy Klose called their best game of the year.
“They probably played their best game today” Klose said. “They’ve been working on transitioning the ball from the middle to the forwards and that’s what they were doing today.”
Forward Evelyn Woof led a number of rushes into the Falcons’ box early in the first half but the team failed to register a shot on net through the first 45 minutes.
The Falcons’ best chance early on came off a corner kick late in the first half. The ball took a couple bounces and fell on a Fenelon foot but Red Hawks keeper Allison Paul made an impressive save catching the ball on the goal line.
Haliburton forward Kailynn Sikma was subbed in to start the second half and quickly fired a shot that was turned aside by the outstretched hands of Sarah Armstrong; the first of two diving saves on the day for the Fenelon keeper.
The second save robbed Rebecca Hamilton of a goal late in the game while forward Shelby Murdoch put a chance just wide of the net moments later.
“They were really working the ball and passing really well so in that respect they met their goal today. They just haven’t gotten it in the net” Klose said.
The game-winning goal came early in the second half as Falcon Hayley McCabe chipped it over the top of Paul and into the net. Kayla Burke added some late insurance for Fenelon after a loose ball bounced right to her in the Red Hawks’ box.
Though they played their best game of the season Klose says the girls still have some skills to work on before their next game. “Our goalie has a really strong kick and we need to work on bringing that ball out of the air and just developing our offence from that play” she said. “That’s our big thing for tomorrow at 7:15 a.m.”