It had been 12 games since the women’s soccer team last defeated the Lady Blues of Washburn, but Emporia State finally defeated their long-time rival last Thursday, 1-0. Though the opportunity was open for both teams, neither team produced a goal until Catie Hyde scored in the 85th minute.
“We kept our cool for the most part,” said head coach Bryan Sailer. “We kept pushing. I think we outshot them quite a bit in the second half. We at least pressed. We went for it today. It feels good. I have more words honestly when we lose than when we win because I’m so elated at the effort. I don’t know what to say. It was just a great push, and a great team effort altogether.”
It was a tale of two halves for both teams as Washburn clearly controlled the first half of the game. The Hornets (1-3-3) managed only one shot on goal and four shots total in the first half. The Lady Blues had five solid opportunities to score, but junior goalkeeper Nikki Schmitz denied their chances with five saves.
The Hornets regrouped at halftime, making Schmitz’s job much easier.
“We had a halftime talk saying all we need is one goal and that’s what we did,” Schmitz said. “We pushed hard. We deserved this win. We got it.”
The second half told a much different story as the Hornets consistently controlled possession. Fifteen minutes into the half, Hyde scored a goal off a pass from sophomore midfielder Hannah Carlson. However, the point was denied due to a foul on ESU in the box.
Hyde had another opportunity to score on a breakaway but was denied a goal by Lady Blue goalkeeper Mallorie Monhollon. A shot by Nikki Sanders minutes later would also be stopped by Monhollon, who had seven saves in all for the day.
ESU finally got the goal they were looking for off a corner kick in the 85th minute. As the ball bounced around the box, Hyde received a pass from freshman midfielder Shannon Thomas and scored the game cinching goal. The Hornets held on for a one goal victory.
“I just saw the ball come in, and I just wanted to put it all on the line just to get it there, and I knew that if it went in, then we’d have the game,” Hyde said.
The win is the first victory for the Hornet soccer this season and is the first in Sailer’s campaign as head coach. The Hornets will look to build from this success as they face off against Missouri Southern at 2 p.m. Oct. 2 at the ESU Pitch.
“It feels amazing,” Hyde said “After last year’s loss to them within like the last fifteen minutes of the game, it’s unreal.”