Hosting an in-district matchup and likely playoff opponent in their final regular season home game of the year, Sacred Heart girls’ soccer head coach Travis Cairer took the opportunity to shake things up.
Sacred Heart girls’ soccer endured a 5-1 loss Summit Christian Academy at Swezey Field in Sedalia. Three goals from a formidable Lady Eagles counter-attack all but sank the Lady Gremlins in the first half.
Cairer said re-arranging their lineup left the Lady Gremlins vulnerable early.
“We were completely disconnected from the very beginning,” Cairer said.
The Lady Gremlins’ lone goal arrived with 1:43 to play in the game off the foot of Taylor Thomas. Emma Rollings registered the assist.
Cairer said Sacred Heart’s premier goal scorers – seniors Isabelle Wilhelm and Laura Wadley – were in different positions Monday, and struggled to produce when adjusting back to their original positions, down 4-0 in the second half.
“We really didn’t have our forwards playing forward today,” Cairer said. “Isabelle and Laura, they played a lot of wing-backs today or center-mid. There were times in the game, too, where they were playing forward and we just weren’t productive when they were up top.”
After beginning the season 3-1, the Lady Gremlins have taken their lumps against quality competition and are now 3-7-1 on the season. Despite Monday being somewhat experimental for Sacred Heart, Cairer expressed disappointment in overall team progress after the match.
“We took a huge step back in the way we played today,” Cairer said. “It’s almost like we’ve been climbing the ladder to where we want to be by the end of the season, building and building and it’s almost like, before the game we took a chainsaw down the rungs of the ladder and it fell.”
The Lady Gremlins face St. Paul Concordia on the road before hosting the Class 1, District 7 tournament beginning May 12.
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