Girls Soccer: Rosary stays unbeaten with win over Oswego
Updated: March 23, 2012 8:40PM
Rosary freshman Quincy Kellett found the back of the net again on Friday while Oswego remained scoreless on the season.
Kellett’s goal at the 18:18 mark of the first half was all the scoring the Royals needed during a 1-0 nonconference victory over the Panthers in Oswego.
Kellett also scored both goals in Wednesday’s 2-0 victory against Kaneland.
“That Kaneland game was a big confidence builder but I was still nervous tonight,” Kellett said. “I knew Oswego was a good team and we all heard about their good defense.”
Kellett received a pass from Stephanie Ebert and didn’t have to do much to send it past Oswego keeper Amy Annala.
“I was just standing in the middle and saw the ball pop up to Stephanie,” Kellett said. “She just had a great pass to my foot and I just had to poke it in.”
Rosary (3-0-0) posted its third straight shutout despite an Oswego attack that tested the Royals defenders and keeper Lauren Frasca on several occasions.
“My first save was on a breakaway and I wanted to make sure I was there with my body behind it,” Frasca said. “We’ve communicated nicely all season and we did really well today.”
While Kellett is a freshman stepping up on offense, Maria Witte is doing the same for the Rosary defense.
“She’s really good back there,” Kellett said. “She sees everything and can find passes. We both know when to stop and who to stop and where the players are. It’s been great team work. We’ve bonded well and are working well together as a team.”
The Royals nearly scored an insurance goal in the 71st minute. Molly Piech displayed some nifty dribbling moves to sweep past a defender and get a shot past Annala, but Krissy Klingbeil was able to sag over and kick away the attempt.
Mikeala Mockenhaupt and Nikki Anderson both had shots on goal in the final 10 minutes for the Panthers, but both misfired. Still, the Panthers made strides on offense, especially in the first half when they had seven shots on goal.
“We’re definitely progressing offensively as a team from game to game,” Oswego coach Jamie Bartkowiak said. “If you would’ve seen our first game (4-0 loss to Bartlett) to this game, it’s two different teams offensively.”
Despite being winless (0-3-0) and scoreless this spring, the Panthers are quite optimistic they’ll start picking up some wins soon.
“We’re not even close to a pinnacle yet,” Bartkowiak said. “We still have a long way to go, but it’s exciting to see how quickly we’re growing.”