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October 4, 2012

Quick-strike Wildkats beat Berries in girls soccer sectional

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LOGANSPORT —

Eltringham then stole the ball straight off Logan’s kick off following the goal, and pressed into the heart of the Logan defense. Eltringham was fouled just outside the 18-yard box right in front of goal for a free kick. Spencer Wesche drilled the freebie into the left side netting for a 3-0 lead, just six minutes after the game’s opening goal.

“I think our attack is a lot faster than theirs and once we started our give-and-goes, our pressure is too much to handle,” Eltringham said.

“We finally got into our rhythm and we got our flow together and we realized they were giving us a lot of space, so we were able to take advantage of it.”

She said the difference between the game last week and Thursday night’s sectional opener was in the Kats’ energy level.

“Our intensity was a lot better than last time,” Eltringham said. “Everything was just on point.

“I think we played with a ton of heart, and that was one thing that I really liked to see from our girls.”

Logansport coach Todd Reiff said the Berries’ didn’t match Kokomo’s fire.

“We just didn’t play very well,” he said. “We just didn’t come out with the intensity of play like I anticipated we would. [The Kats] did, they came out strong. It was just like I told the girls, it was a matter of intensity and we didn’t match their intensity, for the majority of the game.”

Logansport forced Kokomo goalie Becca Wade into six saves but none a nail-biter. Geary noted that she didn’t let a single ball spill after making a save, once she had her mitts to it, it was secure. He praised the play of midfielder Taylor Coram, Eltringham and midfielder Bre Kinder. Kinder played at less than 100 percent after injuring an ankle in practice but played heavy minutes anyway.

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