LONDON – The South Huron Rush took on the Oakridge Allies in the London Area Women’s Soccer League’s third division on a hot evening July 11, defeating the home side 2-0.
On paper the matchup was in South Huron’s favour – they had previously beaten the last place Oakridge squad by four goals, but the second-to-last place Rush were showing up with no spares and had only won two games of their own this season.
South Huron seemed to come out with a purpose, controlling the ball throughout the half and generating many scoring opportunities. The Rush failed to capitalize on the multitude of chances and the game was tied at half.
Opportunities to score were cut down drastically in the second half, as the home side became much more defensive and packed the box in an attempt to limit space for offensive players.
Rush coach Tim Hundey, Oakridge was playing for the tie.
South Huron could not break the deadlock until midway through the second half, when Lynn Weber pulled away from the Allies defence. Her first chance after a long break was stopped by the goalie, but Weber gathered the rebound and deposited it into the empty net.
The next chance was created by sweeper Abby DeWeerd, who set up Weber for her second of the night and seventh on the season. DeWeerd sent a long pass off a free kick to Weber, who again broke away from the defence and this time sent a decisive shot to a lower corner, cementing the win.
Hundey said he was pleased with the result.
“It really wasn’t a pretty win, but we came down here for the three points and we got them,” he said. “We played hard, with composure and dominated possession. It was a good team win.”
Hundey centred out Chelsea Brintnell, who he said did an excellent job of shutting down Oakridge’s best scorer.
The Rush next play Mon.. July 23 at the Exeter Community Park at 8:30 p.m. and spectators are welcome.