CLAYTON — After an early assault on Tecumseh’s goal Tuesday the Lady Arrows doubled-down their defense and kept Northmont at bay for most of the match.
Junior Jasmine Hassell, the Lady Arrows top scorer, netted the only goal of the night as Tecumseh went on to post a 1-0 victory. Win the win Tecumseh improved to 10-4-3 and advanced to face Wayne (2-9-4) this Saturday at 7 p.m. at Wayne. Northmont ends its season at 5-9-3.
Northmont had a few chances to score late in the match but couldn’t put the ball into the net. For most of the evening the Lady Arrows won every contested ball and disrupted the Lady Bolts offense on almost every possession.
“At the beginning of the game we were on fire,” said Northmont Coach Brian “Ted” Mergler. “We were putting the pressure on and creating a lot chances and had a shot on goal the first 30 seconds of the game and we kept that up. But one mental mistake defensively cost us a goal. I think Tecumseh only had one shot on goal the whole night and it’s the one shot that went in. That was a defensive mistake that cost us a goal and then offensively we just couldn’t figure it out, couldn’t put things together and that has kind of been the story of our season. Unfortunately we just couldn’t generate dangerous offensive opportunities.”
The upside for Northmont is that it has a young team with most returning next season. Only four players will be lost to graduation.
“We are young and hopefully we can learn from this and grow,” Mergler added. “I hate that it ends this way for my four seniors. The majority of this team will be back next season with a year of experience underneath them and hopefully we can build on this.”