By Rob Kiser
SIDNEY — Of course, Lehman girls soccer coach Jeremy Lorenzo would like to win every game.
But, he also understands it is a process.
And for a young Lehman team, another tough early season opponents is only going to make his team better.
Saturday, that was unbeaten Summit Country Day, the top ranked D-III team in Ohio.
And the Lady Knights were impressive, improving to 9-0-0 with a 3-0 victory on the pitch at Lehman High School.
Summit has now outscored its opponents 46-6 on the season.
“Today was a tough day,” Lorenzo said. “We started three freshman and started four freshman in the second half. We are only going to get better from here.”
Summit wasted no time getting on the board. It took the Knights just 1:45 to score, with Kennidy Belle scoring off a through ball from Jessica DeJesus.
“We had the wind at the start of the game and we wanted to take advantage of it,” Lorenzo said. “They are explosive on offense. They have one girl playing at the national level. They showed why they are the top ranked team in the state.”
The only other goal in the opening half came when Addy Smythe took advantage of a misplayed ball in front of the Lehman goal.
“The ball just went the wrong way off our foot,” Lorenzo said. “It was one of those things. Kelsey (keeper Kelsey Weber) did a good job. She got her hand on it and almost saved it.”
The only goal in the second came on another unfortunate situation for the Lady Cavaliers with 27:12 left in the game.
Keeper Grace Brandt collided with a defender and both were on the ground 15 yards in front of the goal.
The ball kicked to the left and Colleeen McIlvenna drilled it into an empty net.
“We had to counter their offense and had a lot of girls back there,” Lorenzo said. “Grace (Brandt) and one of our backs collided. They were able to score on an empty net.”
Summit outshot Lehman 14-6 in the game.
Knights keeper Mimi Stimes had five saves, while Weber and Brandt combined for seven for Lehman.
“We had some chances and just weren’t able to capitalize,” Lorenzo said. “We had to counter their offense and drop more people back. I didn’t feel like the final score was reflective of how the game was played.”
Lehman, 6-2-1, will face another tough challenge on Saturday.
The Lady Cavaliers will head south to play Middletown Fenwick, a 3-2 loser to Summit.
“We are going to be fine,” Lorenzo said. “We move on from here. Today was a physical game with a lot of talented players on both sides.”
And another step in the process for a young Lehman team.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.