HASTINGS, Neb. — Norfolk's Jordan Copple took advantage of the best scoring chance Saturday afternoon.
Copple scored on a crossing pass from Kearney's Courtney Hayden midway through the second half, giving the North girls squad a 1-0 win over the South in the Nebraska Shrine Soccer Classic at the Osborne Sports Complex.
“It was an amazing feeling,” said Copple, who was named the game's most valuable player. “I had a good assist by Courtney. The team played so well together.”
The crossing pass put Copple in the clear in front of the net with just more than 17 minutes left in regulation.
“Courtney got me the ball and it was the right opportunity and I was able to get it over (the goalkeeper).”
Gretna's Megan Kruse, who will play for Hastings College this fall, said the goal helped her North teammates play more relaxed the rest of the way.
“And it scared the other team a little bit,” Kruse said. “You could hear them say, 'Come on! What are we doing?' We knew we just had to keep playing hard, keep kicking the ball out and get it up the field.”
South had an opportunity to tie it in the final minute. It had a free kick from just outside the penalty box, but the shot was deflected wide. That gave North a corner kick, but it wasn't able to get a shot on goal.
In a match controlled by the defenses, North had four shots on goal in the first half, including a header that bounced off the post.
“We knew we just had to keep working at it and one of them would fall,” said Copple, who will play at College of St. Mary next season. “We were able to finish.”
A majority of the game was played in light to moderate rain.
“We figured whatever happens, we'll play through it,” Kruse said.
North ........................... 0 1—1
South ........................... 0 0—0
Goal: N, Jordan Copple, Norfolk. Assist: N, Courtney Hayden, Kearney.
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