Update #12: Oakland City University
October 19, 2012
The Pomeroys took their final road trip of this season, travelling to the Oaks of Oakland City, and this time the new-look passing attack of the Woodsies was took much for the Oaks, as they poured in four goals in the first half on the way to a 4-2 victory. Amanda Loebker picked up her second hat trick of the year.
Once again, the Woodsies proved they could possess and probe, finding a rhythm of play that created dangerous looks at goal and putting together long passing sequences. The opener came almost immediately, as Sarah Robinson was played in deep on the left side and in turn found Kylee White with an excellent pass across goal in the second minute. Kylee made sure, beating the keeper across the far post for the first lead. The Oaks were able to equalize, though in the 23rd minute, on a ball hit by Tori Flowers from deep on the right side, floating in over Alex Haan to the far side netting. That score held up for about three minutes before Kylee White’s corner kick found Amanda Loebker streaking in to the near post, where she volleyed it home out of the air for the 2-1 lead. Late in the half, Samantha Morrison twice was able to slot balls through to Amanda Loebker, who finished them beautifully, the second one just a toe poke under heavy pressure, but good enough to find the net. Again, Julie Debish and Samantha Morrison put on a clinic controlling midfield, and the Pomeroys all stepped up to their speed of play and smooth decision-making.
The second half was almost a familiar story, considering this rivalry, which always produces hotly-contested games and late surges from the Oaks. The OCU women stepped up to a gritty performance, getting bodies onto attackers and playing some effective long balls. The possession was much more even, and, in the 72nd minute, Wabash Valley native Christina Haag was able to put a ball through for speedster Carmen Van Winkle, who scored to make it 4-2. Though play seesawed back and forth, with good chances at both ends, that turned out to be the final goal, and the Pomeroys came away with the victory, as the back line of the Pomeroys put together their best performance to date of covering each other against skilled, fast attackers.