CRESTON – Lightning could only slow the process of the Creston girls soccer team winning its first postseason game in school history, 7-0 in just 69 minutes of play over Clarke May 30.
Rain had lingered in the area all afternoon and precipitation prior to kickoff made the field slick, helping the Panthers to get on the board first.
Creston’s Kara Kinsella was on the receiving end of a drop pass from Bree Ross before blistering a low line drive into the back of the net in the seventh minute. The shot skipped along the ground and eventually passed Clarke keeper Taylor-Dawn Miler.
Ross earned a second assist later in the game, but not before netting a goal of her own in the 15th minute when she danced past defenders on her way to finding the back of the net.
Kinsella added her second goal of the game in the 33rd minute when she struck a ball from about 25 yards away that found the netting.
“It’s tough to end a season with a loss, but what I take from their game, every game, knowing that it’s their first year together I think they fought,” said coach Jorge Avalos. “I think we have a good future for our girls.”
Creston went on to net four more goals over the course of the rain-shortened contest.
The Lady Indians tried to battled with the Panthers’ aggressiveness, but Creston swarmed the ball, adding plenty of pressure and forcing a number of quick turnovers.
Diana Sagastizado gave Clarke its best scoring opportunity in the 60th minute of the second half on a transition opportunity, but her shot slid wide right.
“I think we have good passing, but when we encounter teams with more solid players we seem to be intimidated by that,” Avalos said.
The loss ended Clarke’s inaugural season with a 2-6, but Avalos is excited for what’s ahead for the program.
“It’ll be a tremendous growth. There are a lot of middle school kids that will come up to be freshmen and Clarke has a good future for soccer,” said Avalos.