HHS falls to Hurricane, 2-0
HUNTINGTON — A young Huntington High girls soccer team hung tough with arguably the second best team in the state Tuesday, but Hurricane was able to get past the Highlanders, 2-0.
The Redskins (14-1-0), a team that beat Cabell Midland 10-0 last week, got off to a quick start against the Highlanders as leading scorer Abby Watson got behind Huntington High’s defense at about the midfield line less than three minutes into the match. Watson sprinted on goal with defenders trailing her, putting a shot past keeper Erika Budd.
From there, the Highlanders stiffened up, with Budd making several saves, and coming off her line to stop numerous crossing attempts and corner kicks before they could develop into scoring chances, while the offense tried to build some moment u m .
The Redskins handed the Highlanders another setback with less than 10 minutes to go before the half, as Watson got inside the box and slid a square pass to Lauren London.
London got just enough on the shot to for it to ricochet off of Budd and into the back of the net for a 2-0 lead.
Huntington High started to generate some chances late, with Hannah Minihan getting the Highlanders’ first shot on goal with less than five minutes remaining in the half. The shot was a dipping knuckler from about 18 yards out that Hurricane keeper Hannah Thompson was able to cradle in her stomach.
The Highlanders got two free kicks in the final two minutes of the half, including a cross from Kate O’Donnell that pin-balled around the goal box before Thompson was able to fall on the ball and secure it just in front of the goal line.
“I told the team at half time that it should have been 0-0 at the half,” said Huntington High coach Paul Farrell. “We had two marking mistakes that led to goals.” In the second half, Hurricane dominated the scoring chances, though not possession, in what became a very physical match.
Huntington High worked its offense and managed to keep the ball, while earning a corner kick, but couldn’t get a shot on goal in the second 40 m i nutes .
“We hung with one of the best teams in the state,” Farrell said. “There’s no moral victory. It’s by no means acceptable, but we showed we can hang in there, now we have to learn how to win.”
HURRICANE 2 0 – 2 HUNTINGTONHIGH 00–0
HURR – Watson, 3rd minute.
HURR – London (Watson) 32nd minute.
Shots: Hurr 18 (6 on goal); Hun 3 (2 on goal). Corners: Hurr 6; Hun 1. Saves: Hurr 2 (Thompson); Hun 4 (Budd).
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