Starting the new soccer season at Lebanon, the Eagles had a pair of new goalkeepers.

Both freshmen, both with little soccer experience.

It may have seemed risky, but Jo Scheer and Celissa Kennedy did not allow a goal in three games and the Eagles left with the team trophy for the third consecutive year.

The Eagles defeated Mt. View Liberty 3-0 and Crocker 7-0 before gaining a tie with host Lebanon 0–0 and taking the team trophy on goal differential.

“I thought we had a lot of positive moments,” said Eagles coach Chris Miller of his team’s opening weekend effort.

“A lot of kids were getting their first look and we have a lot to build from. We defended better than I thought we might. We have some things to work on, but they are normal things for this time of year.”

Against Mt. View Liberty, Kate Ponder opened the scoring – then scored again minutes later on a penalty kick. She got her first hat trick of the season qith her third goal minutes later. With three goals in 12 minutes, the Eagles cruised to the win. Miller emptied the bench and plenty of players got some valuable experience in the first two games.

Getting a shutout in the opening game gave the defense and two rookie goalies some confidence.

~ Find out more in today’s Journal ~

By Bruce Wallace

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