SELLERSBURG — Silver Creek controlled possession for the majority of its 4-0 win over visiting Jeffersonville on Thursday.
The Dragons (4-0) are hopeful the big win can catapult them into a difficult stretch of games. Silver Creek plays in the Hoosier Cup this weekend then hosts New Albany on Tuesday.
The game on Thursday will make for tired legs, but coach Patrick Anderson liked what he saw leading into the stretch.
“I felt like we possessed the ball really, really well,” he said. “I wish we would’ve done some more passing — we started to do that at the end and we got a couple goals off of that. We’ve got to do that a little bit more often. … Winning gives us a little bit of confidence. We feel good about ourselves going up there this weekend.”
Jeffersonville (0-3-2) kept the game within reach until the last ten minutes, thanks largely in part to goalkeeper Faith Denig, who had 15 saves.
“Faith is a wonderful player to have,” Jeff coach Jason Crane said. “I can’t say enough about her. This is only her second year playing, so for her to be able to come out, I cherish that she wants to come out and give it all she has for the team.”
Silver Creek controlled the run of play early and often Thursday.
Maggie Day and Alyssa Wright — two of the area’s top players — tried a give-and-go play five minutes into the game. The shot was controlled by Denig, who was kept busy most of the night and held her own against a strong offensive team.
In the 12th minute, Day sent a rocket to the top-corner of the net from about 35 yards out to give the Dragons a 1-0 lead.
“I really don’t know where I was aiming, to be quite honest,” Day said. “I just saw the opening and I just let it rip.”
Day, who scored two goals and assisted on another, added that getting a lead over the Devils early was something she thought needed to happen.
“They’ve improved so much over the past couple years,” she said. “I knew they were a threat and they were going to go hard and try to win. It was really important for our team to come out strong.”
Jeff’s best chance of the first half came from a set piece in the middle third. In the 19th minute, Katelyn Crane sent a ball from the right sideline through the air and, eventually, into the arms of Silver Creek keeper Kylee Sumner.
Always a catalyst on offense, Day got the assist on the second Dragons’ goal. A ball came into the box and forward redirected it on to the foot of Anna Wright, who sent a shot to the bottom-right part of the net to double the lead with 17 minutes to go in the first half.
Jeff had its best chances early in the second half. Four minutes into the second half, Jeff would’ve had a quick set piece just outside the box, but Avery Koukola took a smart yellow card by delaying the play. The ensuing kick was shot into Silver Creek’s wall of defenders.
In the 65th minute, Jeff got another set piece just outside the box. Katelyn Crane’s shot looked like it would sneak in before keeper Kylee Sumner tipped the ball over the net.
“At that time, it was still 2-0,” coach Crane said. “You put that goal in, that changes all the momentum for a team. It would’ve given us confidence and courage to move forward. Realistically, that ball not going in, that was the killer for us.”
Day netted her second goal of the night with seven minutes to go thanks to a Ciera May assist. May sealed the final margin with four minutes to play.
Silver Creek is in Hoosier Cup action this weekend. Jeff plays again at Providence on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
SILVER CREEK 4, JEFFERSONVILLE 0
Jeffersonville 0 0—0
Silver Creek 2 2—4
S — Maggie Day, 12th minute.
S — Anna Wright (Day assist), 23rd.
S — Day (Ciera May), 73rd.
S — May, 76th.
Shots: Jeffersonville 6, Silver Creek 39.
Shots on goal: Jeffersonville 3, Silver Creek 19.
Fouls: Jeffersonville 5, Silver Creek 8.
Saves: Jeffersonville — Faith Denig 15; Silver Creek — Kylee Sumner 3.
Cards: Yellow — Avery Koukola (S).
Junior varsity: Jeffersonville 2-0.
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