Clear Fork girls soccer season off and running

The 2015 girls soccer season kicked off with three home games. Clear Fork hosted Norwayne, Ashland and Archbishop Hoban to begin the year.

The Lady Colts opened the season at home versus Norwayne. The girls came out on fire, moving the ball very well and getting off several shots on goal. Norwayne withstood the initial barrage and the game remained scoreless for the majority of the 1st half. At the eight minute mark, Jordyne Helinski and MacKenzie Klenk worked a nifty give and go inside the 18 box with Helinski burying a shot in the net for the first goal of the game and the season. The Colts took the 1-0 lead into halftime. Coach Bechtel made some adjustments at halftime and the girls responded with four goals in the second half to secure the opening game with a 5-0 win. Jordyne Helinski added two more goals in the second half assisted by Aly Wend and Meshia Curry. MacKenzie Thorne stole a ball being cleared from the Norwayne defense and rifled a goal home. The last goal of the game was a beautiful cross from Taylor Cook to Kaylin Helinski who headed the ball in. The defense was outstanding in the shutout. Montana Walker had three steals and five intercepts and Kaylee Krausman had two saves in goal.

The JV team also opened with a 3-0 win in a shortened game (40 minutes). Bianca Hoffer, Spencer Basham and Ariel Cole scored for the Colts. MacKenzie Wade and Lauren Callen provided assists. The defense was outstanding not allowing any shots by Norwayne.

The Lady Colts next hosted league foe Ashland in an important early season OCC match up. Ashland, Wooster and Clear Fork are the pre-season favorites to battle for the league title. The girls came out a little sluggish, but slowly started to put things together. A couple minutes before the half, Jordyne Helinski finally broke through a packed-in Ashland defense and dribbled hard toward an advancing Ashland keeper. The two collided and the ball squirted out where MacKenzie Klenk was there to knock it in the goal. The Lady Colts took the 1-0 lead to halftime. Being a goal down, Ashland tried to open their attack more which gave us some more room to operate as well. Six minutes into the 2nd half, Kaylin Helinski sent a thru ball to her older sister Jordyne. She made a nice cut-back move and fired a left-footed shot to the upper corner and a 2-0 Clear Fork lead. The teams played back and forth the rest of the second half as the Clear Fork defense battled Ashland’s excellent overall team speed. With seven minutes left in the game, a Clear Fork defender was called for a foul inside the penalty box. Ashland converted the penalty kick, but the Colts finished out the game with a 2-1 win. Montana Walker and Tristan Garrabrant lead the defense with 5 intercepts each. Kaylee Krausman had three saves in goal.

The JV team got the evening started right with a 2-1 win as well. Lauren Callen and Whitney Snavely teamed up on both goals, with Callen scoring twice from two Snavely assists. Meredith Bennett had 5 intercepts and Jordan Beahr had 3 saves in goal.

The third game of the year, Clear Fork hosted one of the top team in the state in Akron Archbishop Hoban. The Knights are coming off a State Runner-up finish last year in Division 2 with all of their starters returning. We knew coming into this season that this game was going to be a real test. The game couldn’t have started any better for the Lady Colts as just 30 seconds in Meshia Curry sent a beautiful pass to a streaking Jordyne Helinski. The Hoban defender lost her footing and Helinski had a breakaway goal vs the Hoban keeper. The game turned intense early with Hoban applying a lot of pressure on the Clear Fork defense and goal. But it was the Colts who would strike again when Helinski and MacKenzie Thorne worked a give and go in the box for a 2-0 lead. Hoban battled back and scored the next two goals off of corner kicks and the game was tied (2-2) at halftime. The Knights continued their momentum scoring 5 minutes into the second half. The Colts responded five minutes later on a Curry direct kick to knot the game at 3-3. From that point on Hoban dominated the action scoring four unanswered goals to win 7-3.

In the JV game prior, the two teams battled to a 2-2 tie. Bianca Hoffer and Lauren Callen scored for the Lady Colts with an assist from Ariel Cole. Jordan Beahr had 7 saves in goal with several excellent saves in the second half that preserved the tie.