Rams girls soccer blanks Hurricanes, 2-0

Published: Monday, January 11, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 12:14 a.m.

Eastside controlled the ball for the majority of Monday night’s match at rival Gainesville, but through 62 minutes of action, the contest was scoreless.

That was until Lindsay Hiebert picked a good time to score her first career goal.

In the 63rd minute Caroline Sarmiento delivered a corner kick in front of the Hurricanes’ goal and after a short scrum, Hiebert tapped the ball into the left side of the net. Seven minutes later Audrey Simonne scored as Eastside blanked GHS 2-0 on a cold evening in what was the only meeting between the two clubs this season.

“I had just subbed her (Hiebert) in right when the ball went out and she made a front post run and she was exactly where she needed to be,” said Rams coach Emily Ott, who is also a former Eastside player. “It is very gratifying for me when a coaching point ends up in something positive, let alone someone being able to score.

“She couldn’t have picked a better time, it turned the tide of the game.”

The victory moves Eastside’s record to an impressive 20-1-0 and gives the Rams their second consecutive 20-win season.

But the Rams didn’t have an easy time of it as the Hurricanes’ defense, led by Christina Clemons, did a good job of slowing Eastside’s attack. Sophomore Sarah Landauer, who leads the Rams with 44 goals this winter was held scoreless. The GHS defense bent, but didn’t break until Hiebert’s goal.

With 10 minutes remaining, Simonne, a sophomore, came down the right side and fired a shot from about 15 yards away. The hard shot went through the hands of GHS goalkeeper Grace Rohan and found the back of the net to the near post to provided the final margin.

“Playing a crosstown rival, it is definitely a grudge match,” Ott said. “Getting a win against a team that is really expecting to play a good team and has no doubt about where we are in the season is satisfying.”

The Rams outshot the Hurricanes (6-10-2) 11-3 on the night. Rohan made nine saves in goal for GHS, while Grace Chrzanowski stopped each of the three shots she faced. Following the match, Landauer was lying on the sideline in visible pain with what appeared to be a left leg injury. Ott said Landauer is a real tough player and that she has no doubt that she (Landauer) is going to be 100-percent.

“It is tough to lose to Eastside, it is a big rivalry and all of those girls know each other,” said GHS coach Fritz Kaufmann, who has just two seniors on his roster. “This is a nice tough game to prepare us for the playoffs next week.”

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