IGNACIO Nicole Williams of Ignacio High School got peppered with high shots, low shots, hard shots, soft shots, corner shots and straight-on shots.
Some of the shots by the Bayfield High School girls soccer team found net; most of them found Williams hands.
Nicole played a phenomenal, phenomenal game, Ignacio head coach Andrew Fenity said. By far the best Ive seen her play.
Williams and fellow Bobcat goaltender Valerie Armstrong took more than 30 shots from a relentless Wolverine attack on Wednesday afternoon; nine ended up as goals in a 9-0 Bayfield victory.
The outcome of the matchup between an undefeated Wolverine squad and a work-in-progress Bobcat squad wasnt unexpected, but Fenity said Williams play was a bit of a surprise coming off a difficult last game.
For about 60 minutes of the 80-minute match, Williams did everything she could to keep shots out of the net, sliding into sprinting Bayfield attackers, standing her ground against a couple of rockets and doing her best to win the starting goalkeeping job.
When theyre coming at me, I get scared, but then I just get it away from me, Williams said. ... Nerves are not really my thing.
Still, without much help from the offense, some drops in the consistent stream of Wolverine shots were bound to find net. The Bobcats struggled to push the ball onto the Bayfield side of the pitch for most of the match.
The Bobcats did not get off a single shot, while Bayfields Keenan Moreta and Sanna Penton used surgical footwork and speed to keep the shots flowing.
Moreta tallied a hat trick on three first-half goals.
Penton, a foreign-exchange student from Sweden, scored two of her own, and Kirby Brown, Effie Nistler and Mady Riegel each scored one.
Although Fenity said his defense did a good job of keeping its shape against the Wolverines, tenacity was a problem for the whole team in front of Williams.
We came out timid; we came out flat-footed, Fenity said.
The Bobcats didnt get enough 50-50 balls, he said. They lost 11 challenges, so theyll be running 11 sprints at practice today.
Still, down 5-0 at half, the Bobcats never gave up, and Fenity said he was proud of that. I saw that we stayed positive even when we faced a five-goal deficit, he said.
Bayfield head coach Jen Zelinski gave credit to her defenders for keeping the positive Bobcats out of their net for the full game. She said the Bobcats are a fast team and one thats definitely improving over time.
Only 10 or so girls played on the Ignacio team when she first started coaching, Zelinski said, so its nice to see the numbers increasing.
Ignacio had 21 girls on its roster for the Tuesday game.
Fenity said Ignacios girls are fired up about building a competitive team, so more and more players are coming out each year.
Theyre young too: of Ignacios nine substitutes Tuesday, eight of them were freshmen. And although Fenity admits the girls still have a lot to work on, the numbers are a victory in their own right.
Its all good, Fenity said. We have a team, and thats half the battle.