by Jenna Myklebust
Tues. 9/11/12: Loveland lost a tough one to Anderson 2-1. Loveland came out strong, dominating the beginning of the first half, creating good opportunities and even putting one in the back of the net. Sydney Dudley, after a nice combination play, spun an Anderson defender and buried the ball in the back of the net with 11:43 remaining. Later in the first half, Anderson stepped up their game and scored on Loveland by penetrating the midfield and striking the ball to the near post just before halftime.
In the second half, Loveland could not seem to finish. Several crosses and opportunities were missed, and the score remained 1-1 until Anderson took a driven shot which Loveland’s goal keeper, Justine Perl, deflected, but an Anderson striker was there to finish on the rebound. The score remained 2-1 despite Loveland’s relentless attempts to score at the end. Anderson rose to the occasion, beating Loveland in an important conference game while gaining its first win of the season.
Thurs. 9/13/12: Loveland beat Little Miami 5-0. Loveland’s intensity and will to win was evident from the kickoff.
It was Senior Night, and injured senior Katie Swaine started the game with a kickoff before cheering on the Tigers from the sidelines. Much to her delight, less than two minutes into the game, the Tigers scored the first goal, a cross by Haleigh Goedde and finished by senior Katrina James.
Throughout the first half, Loveland dominated though Little Miami had its chances. Loveland’s defense, led by seniors Jenna Myklebust and Jessie Comorosky, held off Little Miami, sending their team into halftime with the score at 1-0.
In the second half, Loveland finished four more of its many opportunities. With 37:21 left in the game, a throw in by Senior Jenna Myklebust sailed through the Little Miami goal keeper, into the back of the net. Minutes later, Anna Niemeyer executed a beautiful header off another Myklebust throw. Throughout the half, the Loveland defense held Little Miami scoreless while the midfield, led by Seniors Gaelen Stejbach and Taylor Hoffman, helped the offense create many opportunities. A fourth goal came on a pass from Jessie Comorosky into the feet of Myklebust, who turned and sent the ball into the far corner of the goal. In the final minutes of the game, Loveland executed yet again. Senior Jessie Comorosky tapped the ball in on a corner kick by Corynne Swift. Senior goal keeper Sarah LaCombe provided the Tigers with their first shutout of the season.