Honesdale hosted North Pocono in a rare Saturday morning Wyoming Valley Conference soccer match...and the local girls came away with a hard-fought win. LeeAnna Bennett recorded the shutout between the pipes and Kelsey Kohrs tallied the lone goal of the game in a 1-0 victory.
The Lady Hornets took a decisive step forward this weekend in the WVC girls soccer wars.
Thanks in large part to stellar performances from Kelsey Kohrs and LeeAnna Bennett, Honesdale handed North Pocono a 1-0 loss.
This crossover game took place Saturday morning right here in the Maple City...and, it was decided by the narrowest of margins: a penalty kick.
Kohrs did the honors, beating Trojan keeper Nancy Dunn midway through the second half to seal the deal on a 1-0 win. When asked if she had a gameplan in mind as she lined up the day’s most important shot, Kelsey smiled and shook her head.
“Nope. I just wing it when I go up there for a PK,” she told TWI Sports with a laugh. “I try never to look at the keeper. I just focus on the net.”
Kohrs relies upon her innate feel for the game. Kelsey is a natural when it comes to finding a weakness in the defense and exploiting it. That’s a trait her coach absolutely loves.
“Having her take the PK is a no-brainer,” Eric Eisele said. “She has the strongest leg on the team and she’s very smart. I tell the girls to keep it low and into a corner...and, that suits Kelsey well. She can score to either side.”
On this day, Kohrs’ tally was just enough offense to secure a win. The Lady Hornets and Trojans had already played to a scoreless tie earlier in the year, so a 1-0 final didn’t surprise Coach Eisele at all.
“We’re very evenly matched,” he said afterward. “I like playing North Pocono because they are so well coached. Every time we play, it seems like it’s a very close game.”
Next up for Honesdale is a Thursday afternoon battle with archrival Wallenpaupack Area. This Division ‘B’ contest will get underway at 4:15 p.m. right here in the Maple City.
While Kelsey Kohrs provided all of Saturday’s offensive output, the Red & Black defense made sure that one goal would stand up.
LeeAnna Bennett anchored the effort. Just a second year starter between the pipes, Honesdale’s keeper turned back every North Pocono threat.
Bennett is growing more confident with each start...and more comfortable with her defensive backfield.
Against the Trojans, LeeAnna stopped a dozen shots and faced down eight corners. The most spectacular came late in the contest and quite literally saved the day for local fans.
With just six minutes left in regulation, North Pocono mounted a furious assault.
Ciara Cawley grabbed a loose ball, squared up and let rip with a rocket from the right wing. Bennett stopped the shot, but the ball squirted loose just to her left.
Maria Cardosa was there to pounce on the rebound, but LeeAnna alertly smothered that one as well. Bennett’s scintillating saves squelched the Trojans’ last, best chance.
“Boy do we like having Lee-Anna back there,” said Coach Eric Eisele. “She’s relatively new to the position, but she’s making incredible progress. A couple of those saves she made were pretty amazing.”
Taylor Corbin also received rave reviews from Coach Eisele for her steady midfield play.
A sophomore possessing of boundless energy, Corbin appeared to be everywhere at once. She plays defensive mid and is a nightmare to opposition ball handlers.
“We love the way Taylor is playing,” he said. “She’s always hustling out there. Taylor is only a second year player, but she’s getting better with every game.”
Score by half...
HON (4-5-0) 0 1 - 1
NP (7-1-0) 0 0 - 0