LAKE TWP.: Tarah McCausland believed sooner or later one of her teammates was going to get a touch on the ball.
And that’s what happened. Well, yes and no.
McCausland’s left-footed cross resulted in a goal and ended Green’s scoring drought, lifting the Bulldogs to a thrilling 1-0 girls soccer win Monday night at Lake.
All of those practices at the park with dad paid off for Green’s junior left wing.
“My dad taught me to use my left foot when I was real little,” McCausland said. “He just kept practicing with me.”
Against Lake, she would push the ball up the left wing and cross it.
She would again push the ball up the left wing and cross it.
Then, with 17:20 left in the match, McCausland played it across one more time, and finally a Bulldog striker got a foot on it. Senior Emily Deevers redirected the ball toward Lake senior goalkeeper Casey Tisdale.
“I got a little bit of a touch on it, but it wasn’t an into-the-goal touch,” Deevers said. “But then they all kind of barreled into the goal with it.”
Deevers got credit for the goal and Lake (1-1-5) took its first loss of the season.
“We may not have scored that goal, but we created it by putting the ball there over and over again,” first-year Green coach Nick Fernandez said. “[Tarah] is a very exciting player to coach. She is going to be a left winger until the day she stops playing soccer.”
The Bulldogs then survived a late flurry as the Blue Streaks put everyone forward trying to get the equalizer. Back-to-back corner kicks with six minutes left had Green sophomore goalkeeper Haleigh Seman on alert.
Seman was shaken up after the first corner, and then with 40 seconds to play, made her fifth save on a shot by Lake senior Rachel Bernardo.
“It was kind of frightening in the last four minutes,” Seman said.
For Green (2-4), a tough early season schedule brought a confidence-building win.
“I’m seeing a lot more maturity from the first scrimmage,” Fernandez said. “With our movement and defending, we’re more disciplined. We did a better job today of staying together and staying behind the ball, and catching a little bit on the counterattack.”
Meanwhile, it was a frustrating loss for Lake.
“We just can’t seem to score,” Lake coach Les Drinkwater said. “It’s been our problem all year. We have a good team, but we can’t score.
“It’s our first loss. Obviously, we don’t like losing at home, and we don’t like losing to Green.”
Lake’s talented junior striker Taylor Smith narrowly missed on three chances in the first half, and was marked more closely in the second half. Tisdale had six saves in goal for the Blue Streaks.
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