COLUMBUS, Neb. — A change in strategy and direction helped the Norfolk Lutheran/Catholic girls soccer team change the direction of its match against Schuyler at Wilderness Park on Monday.
The fourth-seeded Eagles scored one goal late in the first half against a strong south breeze, but with the wind at their back, they outscored the fifth-seeded Warriors 3-0 in the second half for a 4-1 victory to advance to the Class B-6 subdistrict semifinals.
The Eagles (3-6) are to face top-seeded Columbus (9-2) at 3 p.m. Tuesday The winner plays in Thursday's district championship.
“I think having the wind at their back helped,” Eagles coach Jordan Miller said. “We started putting together give-and-gos. I told them at halftime that we could have two people walking up the field, doing give-and-gos, and end up getting a shot on goal. They finally took it to heart and actually tried it, and it worked out for them.”
It was a rematch from Thursday, when the Eagles couldn't get going offensively in a 1-0 loss. This time, they got a tying goal by freshman Madeline Becker off a corner kick before halftime.
With the wind at their back, Meghan Colton converted a penalty past the outstetched hands of keeper Bethany Black to take the lead 2-1.
Freshman Chloe Spence provided the insurance with two goals late in the second half. First, it was a pass from senior Chelsey Reifert for a goal, and then the sophomore Colton found Spence open.
Peyton Kerkman finished with eight saves for the Eagles. For the game, they outshot Schuyler 12-10.