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Winning streak vaults Nordonia girls soccer over .500

by Matt Deutsch | Correspondent Published: September 28, 2016 12:00 AM

The Nordonia High School girls soccer team is riding the wave of a three-game winning streak. As a result of that streak, the Lady Knights now have a winning record.

Nordonia's streak began Sept. 17, when the Lady Knights traveled to non-conference opponent Euclid, winning by the score of 6-1.

Then on Sept. 21, Nordonia hosted Suburban League National Conference foe Cuyahoga Falls. The Lady Knights tamed the Lady Black Tigers, blanking them by a 3-0 margin.

Three different players scored goals for Nordonia. They were junior forward Shannon Spencer, sophomore midfielder Sophie Lim, and junior midfielder Carmen Licht. In addition, senior goalkeeper Sydney Bostjancic notched three saves in goal.

Nordonia head coach Les Gicei was pleased with his team's effort and its victory.

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"All in all, we had the most possessions in the game and controlled the ball well," he said. "It was our first conference win of the season, so we're certainly happy with that."

On Sept. 24, Nordonia traveled to non-conference opponent Willoughby South. This time, the Lady Knights squeaked by their opponent, posting a 4-3 victory.

Lim was the hero in that win. Nordonia trailed 3-2 when she scored a goal to tie game with less than five minutes remaining in the contest.

Then Lim tallied the game-winning goal with a mere 45 seconds left to cap the Lady Knights' dramatic come-from-behind victory.

"We out-shot them 19-7 and maintained possession of the ball for the majority of the match," said Gicei.

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Two other Nordonia players accounted for goals in the win. They were sophomore forward Lauren Pugh and Spencer. In addition, Bostjancic recorded five saves.

A multitude of injuries beset Nordonia during the early part of the campaign. However, the Lady Knights have persevered, fighting through those injuries and finding their stride as they enter the second half of the season.

"We had another good team effort against Willoughby South," said Gicei. "The girls worked very hard. Willoughby South is a solid opponent. We tied them last year, so to come out ahead this time is great for the team."

Nordonia now owns an overall record of 5-4-1. The Lady Knights are also 1-2 in the National Conference.

"Running off three in a row is a nice win streak," said Gicei. "We're going to get into the heart of our schedule now against some high-quality opponents. This week should be a good test for us."

On Sept. 26, the Lady Knights hosted conference counterpart Stow in a make-up match from earlier in the campaign. Results were not at available at press time.

On Sept. 28, Nordonia will visit conference foe North Royalton at 7 p.m.

On Oct. 1, the Lady Knights are slated to visit non-league opponent Massillon Perry at 3 p.m.

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