By Tom Usher – email@example.com
BATH TOWNSHIP — Bath fired shots at the Lima Central Catholic goal nearly at will.
But LCC goalkeeper Madison Stolly was spectacular in turning away nearly everything.
Stolly made every save except one.
Bath’s Laken Ambrister scored on a penalty kick with 34:03 to play in the match to give Bath a 1-0 victory over LCC Wednesday at Bath.
Bath totally dominated the match, outshooting the T-Birds, 34-2, including 22-0 in the second half.
The reason the game was close the entire way was the junior Stolly, who has 15 career shutouts and had eight last year. Stolly ended up with 24 saves, many diving for the shot.
At the 34:03 mark of the second half, Bath played the ball into the heart of the box. Ambrister charged in to make a play on the ball, but collided with Stolly 12-yards out and a penalty was called on the LCC goalkeeper.
“The keeper came out and we hit each other and it was a knockdown,” Ambrister said.
Since the foul came inside the box, Ambrister was awarded the penalty shot.
Ambrister’s penalty shot was a laser into the upper-left corner of the net to give Bath the 1-0 lead.
“I kept my composure,” she said. “I took a deep breath and wanted to stay calm. I had to make sure it was hard, too, because she’s (Stolly) really fast.”
Said LCC coach Mike Santaguida, “The ball came in and bounced and she (Stolly) was coming up and Laken stuck her leg out and there was a collision. You can call it a PK, I call it going for the ball.”
Bath coach Morgan Lenke said, “The keeper came out and basically took out the girl. .. The call was definitely made right. Do I like to win a game on a PK? No, but we should have had other goals.”
LCC is 0-1, while Bath is 1-1.
“We got some touches, but we just couldn’t finish tonight,” Lenke said. “We definitely dominated the entire 80 minutes. “
Bath also banged three shots off the posts, including one off the crossbar.
Stolly frustrated Bath throughout the match by sliding into Bath offensive players and taking the ball off their foot near the top of the 18-yard box.
“She’s (Stolly) a full-blown athlete and she’s going to do whatever it takes to win and she wanted this one,” Santaguida said. … “She’s one of the best goalies in this area, there’s no doubt.”
LCC graduated all-everything Sydney Santaguida, who is playing at Walsh. Then, the T-Birds suffered a blow when returning forward Cameron Rice tore her ACL in her knee in late July and is out for the year.
“We have a lot of young girls out there and we rely heavily on our defense and it showed today,” Santaguida said.