April 18, 2014

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Girls soccer: Amherst blanks Midview

Amherst's Sher Champe, left, and Midview's Torie Benton battle for the ball Monday during the Comets' non-conference victory. LORI MURPHY/CHRONICLE

Amherst’s Sher Champe, left, and Midview’s Torie Benton battle for the ball Monday during the Comets’ non-conference victory. LORI MURPHY/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — St. Louis University recruit Lindsay Sands had a hand — foot, actually — in every goal as Amherst dominated Midview, 3-0, Monday night in non-conference soccer.

Sands, who scored a hat trick in the Comets’ season opener last week, scored two of their three goals and assisted on the other.

Amherst used superior speed to good advantage.

“We focus on speed quite a lot,” Sands said. “We like to get the ball to the outside and just keep feeding it, working together as a team.”

Amherst led 2-0 at the break, and, although they couldn’t find the net, the Middies fought back in the second half. And Midview got a good, solid 80 minutes from goalkeeper Taylor Ceh.

Ceh, a senior, made nine saves, some far from routine. Her work earned praise from both Sands and Comets coach Jim Fossie.

“They have an awesome keeper,” Sands said. “I don’t know her, but a lot of my teammates do. She’s just really good.”

“Midview’s goalie is tremendous,” Fossie said. “She did a great job and worked well with her defense. We were a little bit lucky today, but we worked hard for that luck. Now we just have to try to keep rolling.”

Of his own team, Fossie said: “We’ve been working really hard at trying to get offensive movement. Some good things happened today. Our goalkeeper (Taylor Wright) is amazing. She’s a great keeper.”

Midview coach Emily Ballantine echoed what the opponents said about Ceh.

“Oh, my gosh, she’s amazing,” Ballantine said. “She’s team captain for a reason. She puts her heart and soul into every game. She’s just a tough girl. She’s a good kid, tough girl.”

Sophomore Taylor Moore scored the only goal Amherst needed when she connected in the third minute after a nice pass from Sands. Sands scored her first of the night 20 minutes later, taking a pass ahead from Hayley Lepkowski. And Sands created the final score when she nailed a left-footer in the 56th minute.

The Comets defense did a good job of keeping the ball away from their senior keeper, Wright. Wright was forced to make just two saves and junior Lizzie Keller, who finished in goal the final minute, wasn’t challenged. For the night, Amherst took just three goal kicks and forced six by Midview.

And in another telling statistic, the Comets (2-0-0) earned 11 corners and gave Midview only two.

The Middies’ Ballantine also said she was pleased with the way her team played after the break.

“We stepped it up in the second half,” she said. “They definitely came together and there were glimpses of good things. I’m happy with that.”

Contact Bob Daniels at 329-7135 or soccer@bobdaniels. info.

Amherst 3, Midview 0
GOALS: (A) Lindsay Sands 2 (23rd, 56th minutes), Taylor Moore (3rd).
ASSISTS: (A) Sands, Hayley Lepkowski.
SAVES: (A) Taylor Wright 3, Lizzie Keller 0; (M) Taylor Ceh 9.
SHOTS: Amherst 20; Midview 6.
SHOTS ON GOAL: Amherst 11; Midview 2.
CORNER KICKS: Amherst 11; Midview 2.
GOAL KICKS: Amherst 3; Midview 6.
OFFSIDE: Amherst 5; Midview 2.
HANDBALLS: Midview 1.
FOULS: Amherst 13; Midview 8.
CARDS: None.
HALF: Amherst, 2-0.