The Nordonia High School girls soccer team has experienced its fair share of adversity so far during the 2016 season, but the Lady Knights are continuing to fight through it.
That adversity has mainly taken the form of various injuries that have occurred through the first half of the campaign. Although the Lady Knights are not quite to full strength, they've clawed their way close to a .500 record.
On Sept. 3, Nordonia traveled to non-conference opponent Canton GlenOak. The game resulted in a 1-1 tie. Junior midfielder Carmen Licht scored the lone goal for the Lady Knights, while sophomore goalkeeper Heather Richmond notched 12 saves.
On Sept. 7, the Lady Knights were scheduled to host Suburban League National Conference rival Stow-Munroe Falls. However, due to an injury during the junior varsity game, the game was postponed until Sept. 26 at 7 p.m..
On Sept. 10, Nordonia welcomed American Conference member Highland to town. The Lady Hornets blanked the Lady Knights by the score of 1-0.
"Highland scored with about six minutes left in the game on a header off a corner kick," said Nordonia head coach Les Gicei. "Even though we lost, we played fairly well."
Nordonia senior goalkeeper Sydney Bostjancic notched eight saves to keep the score close throughout the contest.
On Sept. 14, Nordonia traveled to conference counterpart Brecksville-Broadview Heights. The Bees beat the Lady Knights by the score of 7-1.
"We fell behind 2-0 very quickly, and we weren't able to turn things around," said Gicei. "We came out a little flat in that game, and we as a coaching staff take responsibility for that. It's one of the things we're working on."
Licht scored Nordonia's goal on a free kick, while Bostjancic recorded nine saves.
On Sept. 17, Nordonia hit the road again, this time traveling to non-conference opponent Euclid. The Lady Knights rebounded from the Brecksville loss, posting a 6-1 victory over the home team.
Junior defender Jenna Toth scored two goals and had an assist to lead Nordonia, while sophomore midfielder Sophie Lim tallied a pair of goals. Also scoring for the Lady Knights were junior forward Shannon Spencer and junior midfielder Kylie Kocab. Other players notching assists were junior midfielder Kenna Krasovec and senior forward Kayleigh Long.
"We played well as a team," said Gicei. "We turned things around in the second half and put forth a very good team effort."
Nordonia now sports an overall record of 3-4-1. The Lady Knights are also 0-2 in the National Conference of the Suburban League.
"We're young, but we're starting to pick up experience by playing some of our younger players," said Gicei. "One thing that's helped us is that we're a close team. We've had good leadership from our juniors and seniors."
Nordonia has two matches scheduled for this week. The Lady Knights will host National Conference foe Cuyahoga Falls on Sept. 21, before traveling to non-conference opponent Willoughby South Sept. 24.