The Nordonia High School girls soccer team has been beset by injuries early in the season, but the Lady Knights have been doing their best to overcome those injuries and continue winning.
Nordonia played a series of three matches recently against tough competition. The Lady Knights won two of those three contests, evening their record on the campaign at 2-2.
The first match in that series was against non-conference opponent Akron Firestone at home on Aug. 24. The Lady Knights edged the Lady Falcons by the score of 2-1.
The contest was tied 1-1 until freshman defender Sierra Bosckiewicz scored the game-winning goal with four and a half minutes left in the second half.
"We played a little sloppy in that game," said Nordonia head coach Les Gicei. "We didn't play our best soccer, but we were still able to win. It was a nice victory for us."
Sophomore midfielder Sophie Lim scored the other goal for the Lady Knights.
On Aug. 27, Nordonia welcomed Kent Roosevelt to town. The Lady Rough Riders are part of the American Conference of the Suburban League. Nordonia is a member of the National Conference of the Suburban League.
The Lady Rough Riders edged the Lady Knights by a 4-3 margin. The same player scored all of the goals for Kent, as All-Ohioan Kayla Fischer found the back of the net four times in a come-from-behind victory.
Conversely, three different players scored for Nordonia. They were freshman forward Riley Saliga, junior defender Jenna Toth, and junior midfielder Carmen Licht.
"It was a hard fought, up-and-down game," said Gicei. "They have an all-state forward who scored all four of their goals. We didn't do a good job of containing her. We took 25 shots on goal, but they took better advantage of their opportunities."
Nordonia then hit the road Aug. 30, traveling to conference nemesis Hudson. The Lady Explorers downed the Lady Knights by the score of 4-1.
Lim accounted for Nordonia's lone goal in the contest, scoring that goal with eight minutes left in the first half. Hudson then rattled off the next four goals en route to victory.
"I'm proud of how we played," said Gicei. "We played hard the whole game, and we played them pretty evenly in the second half. It's something that we can build on."
With that series of matches, Nordonia now owns an overall record of 2-2. The Lady Knights are also 0-1 in the National Conference.
Nordonia currently has two starters out of the lineup with injuries and another starter who can only play one half. These players are projected to return to full duty within the next four or five matches.
"I think we're starting to believe in ourselves," said Gicei. "Our health is not great right now, but everybody's had to step up. That's going to benefit us in the long run. You hate to have injuries, but we have individuals who are stepping up for us. We're getting some good playing time from our younger athletes."
On Sept. 3, Nordonia was set to face Canton GlenOak, but results were not available at press time.
On Sept. 7, the Lady Knights will host conference rival Stow-Munroe Falls at 7 p.m. before welcoming American Conference member Highland to town Sept. 10 at 3:30 p.m.