For a team that has struggled to consistently score, the most ideal opportunity to snap a two-game goalless drought sat on the penalty spot Friday night. Converting a penalty kick would be the perfect way to alleviate some of the pressure of breaking through. Open up the floodgates, perhaps?
Temple’s Alisha Nesbitt lined up the shot, struck the ball with her right foot and looked up. She saw Bryan Rudder backup goalkeeper Victoria Gonzalez — fresh into the game after starter Alleea King was injured fouling Nesbitt in the box moments earlier — crouch down a couple feet to her left and save the Lady Wildcats’ best chance in the teams’ District 18-5A match at Woodson Field.
The scoreless streak is now three games.
Shannon Cysewski’s tally in the 15th minute stood for the next 65 minutes for the Lady Rangers’ 1-0 decision, their first league victory.
“We couldn’t even score a penalty kick. I think missing the PK, that should’ve made it 1-1. That should’ve given us momentum,” Temple coach Royce Mitchel said.
Instead, the Lady Wildcats (2-11-2, 0-7-2) still search for their first league victory while mired in a nine-game winless streak, during which they’ve netted five goals and have been shut out five times.