Eudora falls to Louisburg, 4-0
The Cardinal soccer team was on the short end of a 4-0 decision at home Monday against Louisburg. It was the third-straight game the team failed to score a goal, but after a week of lackluster performances, the team came to play on senior night.
Last month the Wildcats welcomed the Cardinals to Louisburg and sent them home with a 12-2 loss, the worst setback of the season.
This time the Cardinals fought tooth and nail to keep the Wildcats from repeating the performance.
The Cardinals (2-11-1) came out firing from the opening whistle and turned the tables on the Wildcats by putting pressure on Wildcat keeper Mitchell Parkhill.
The many early opportunities failed to be converted into goals and Louisburg eventually made the Cardinals pay with a goal at the 15-minute mark.
"We played good ball today," Coach Erik Peltzman said. "I think we got better looks at the ball. We were taking better shots, but we just couldn't put the ball in the goal."
It would be the theme of the afternoon as the Cardinals continued to put the ball on the Wildcat side of the field but were often denied by Parkhill or errant shots.
As the game progressed, the Wildcats deflected the Cardinal pressure but ultimately began to pull away.
At the 30-minute mark, Louisburg's Jon Leslie scooted the ball past a diving Anthony Barta to give the Cats a 2-0 lead going into halftime.
After an intermission ceremony that honored seniors Emily Gloshen, Jacob Gillihan, Lance Wilcoxson and Ben Tillman, Eudora returned to the field and kept up the fight.
But the results of the first half were to be repeated in the second.
The Cardinals fought tough throughout the early going of the half, but were unable to take advantage of their trips inside the box.
The Wildcats, on the other hand, were not handed many opportunities on offense, but once again took advantage of those they were given.
Sixteen minutes into the half a deflection deep in Cardinal territory found the foot of Louisburg's Dan Hughes, who blasted a ball from the left side of the field past Barta for a 3-0 lead.
"That was a great goal," Peltzman said. "I don't think many keepers would have stopped that ball."
The Wildcats put the finishing touches on the game with less than 15 minutes to go as Anthony Vallacqua duplicated Hughes' goal, this time from the right side to give the visitors the 4-0 final tally.
Despite the failure to score, the Cardinals put in one of their better efforts of the last 12 days and hope to capitalize on an improved performance.
"We had a consistent effort today," Peltzman said. "We passed the ball well. We controlled the ball well. We just couldn't finish. They earned every goal they got today and I'm proud of the effort. The seniors played so well for us and I just wish we could've gotten one today."