DANVILLE — One year ago, the Danville Vikings girls’ soccer team was faced with the challenge of playing with a relatively new team.
Second-year coach Katie Gremar was tasked with bringing together a squad with only four returning players. Now in her third season at Danville, Gremar has another similar dilemma. But with a little work, the results might not be all that bad.
Danville (2-3 overall, 0-1 in the Big 12 Conference) dropped its third game of the season on Saturday, suffering a 2-0 Big 12 Conference loss to Urbana. But through 27 minutes, the Vikings controlled the contest and played much of the half in their own offensive zone.
In fact, by the end of the half the Vikings felt good about almost 38 of the 40 minutes they had played. Unfortunately, a couple of breakdowns during a 109-second stretch netted two goals for the Tigers and left a scar on an otherwise positive day at Ned Whitesell Field.
“I think when they scored the two goals, I think it made us upset and we let it get to us,” Danville senior Katie Goodwin said. “It made us turn down for a little bit during the game. But, in the second half, and we wanted revenge. We were trying hard to get back, but it didn’t work.”
Urbana sophomore Cora McQueen lofted a shot from the left side that floated over the head of Danville keeper Kyia Bryant 27 minutes, 1 second into the first half. Then, 1:49 later, junior midfielder Alison Slaughter put the Tigers up 2-0 on a similar shot from about 20 yards out.
Bryant went on to save the next four shots on goal by the Tigers, and the Vikings defense limited the damage. Danville, however, failed to get a shot on goal in the second half.
Gremar credited Urbana with taking advantage of its opportunities, but referenced the breakdowns to miscommunication and inexperience.