Update #5: Anderson University
September 19, 2012
The Pomeroys were on the road again, visiting the Ravens of Anderson University this afternoon on a perfect day for soccer. They finally found what they had been looking for: confidence, smooth possession, and goals. The result was a handy 4-1 victory.
Anderson came ready to play, matching the Pomeroys early for possession and giving them a hard time with their speed and physicality in 50/50 situations. It looked like some of the Woodsies’ difficulties in finding the trust and rhythm of play to take hold of a game might continue as the first half wore on. However, the advantage in attacking possessions began to turn in the middle of the half, and, in the 32nd minute, Denae Sallis took over a ball near half field and drove forward, finding Amanda Loebker on a through pass. Loebker’s run took her behind the Ravens’ back four and she finished the shot, putting the Pomeroys on top 1-0. That breakthrough started a run of better play, but the half ended still 1-0.
The second half began a different story. The Pomeroys dominated possession and struck quickly, with Samantha Morrison taking a ball past the Raven left back and serving an inch-perfect cross past the Anderson keeper to Amanda Loebker, who leapt to drive it home with a header from five yards out only 24 seconds into the half. The Pomeroys then kept the pressure on, striking again on an unassisted goal by Sam Morrison in the 55th minute and an unassisted goal by Amanda Loebker in the 58th minute to complete her hat trick. In the 74th minute, the Ravens scored their lone goal on a long drive by Lindsay Link to the top corner of the Pomeroy net, and that proved to be the final score of the match.
The Pomeroys are now 1-3.