Ichabod soccer strikes early but tie with Tigers


David Craft

After Washburn soccer’s match on Sept. 24 against Fort Hays State ended in a tie the Ichabods stand at 4-1-1 on the year.

Two 10-minute halves of extra time were unable to separate the Ichabods from the Tigers of Fort Hays State University at the end of Friday night Sept. 24, 2021, at Yager Stadium. The arrival of sprinkling rain after 90 minutes suggested an entertaining, climactic end to the game, but the weather and scoreboard stayed innocuous.

This was the first game back after Washburn suffered its first loss of the season last week.

It didn’t take long for senior midfielder Tera Lynch to score the opener in the fourth minute and set the team back on track.

Similar to her first goal of the season, Lynch latched onto a wayward ball at the edge of the box and evaded one defender before firing a shot with more pace on it than the keeper could handle. There is perhaps something special on hand about Yager Stadium this season for Lynch as she has scored in all three home games.

Later in the first half, the Tigers got a goal back when Hannah Mares swept in a rolled cross with the inside of her foot. It bounced off of and under sophomore goalkeeper Raegan Wells, who was inches away from fully blocking it in a low dive.

The rest of the game drew predominantly the way the Fort Hays State was attacking, but freshman midfielder Charlie Taylor put the quash on a flashy attack at the end of the first half with a strong sliding tackle, and keeper Wells kept out several shots on target in the second half and in extra time. Freshman forward Khloe Schuckman was dangerous again up the left side when the Ichabods broke, and Lynch played her nicely-weighted through balls, but still, the Tigers were ultimately able to see out more chances of their own and pick apart Washburn’s on the night.

Head Coach Davy Phillips commented after the game about how the team is and their endurance striding into the MIAA conference portion of the season.

“I think when we’re playing at our best, we’re an absolute handful for everyone we play against, it’s just us finding that consistency to play at a high level for all 90 minutes. We’re learning how to compete for 90 minutes, which is a good thing.”

The Ichabods’ next game is against the University of Nebraska at Kearney at home on Sunday, Sept. 26. The game starts at 1 p.m.

Match minutes
3’ First chance of the game is a wide shot by an offside FHSU player.

4’ GOAL Tera Lynch latches onto a wayward ball at the edge of the box, takes one touch around a defender and fires it near the post.The goalkeeper got a hand on it, but not enough.

9’ Schuckman almost gets on the end of a Tera Lynch through ball into the box.

13’ Carlee Thompson and the referee are having a quick discussion about a corner deemed last touched out by the Ichabod.

15’ Carlee Thompson stoically blocks the final cross of a Tigers attack. If the attacker gets a good first touch on that, it would have been just her and Raegyn Wells 12 yards apart.

23’ GOAL FHSU’s Hannah Mares sweeps in a rolled cross that was slightly impeded by diving Wells, but only that, slightly impeded.

27’ A Tiger volleys a corner delivery high over the crossbar.

30’ Another FHSU corner finds a similar fate. This time a volley was shanked off the shin and gone away from goal.

35’ Jaedyn Johnson uses the momentum of a loose airborne ball to head it directly to a stationary teammate’s feet 14 yards away that might go under-appreciated.

38’ The FHSU goalie bungles the chance to fall on a ball and the nearest Ichabod let loose on a shot but the attempt stayed on the ground right to a defender’s feet at the goal line.

44’ Charlie Taylor takes the ball away with a sliding challenge after the Tiger player had evaded two Ichabods.

50’ An FHSU shot goes a couple of feet over the bar.

53’ A well-delivered FHSU cross gets headed off-target into a swarm of players and there are moans of “Handball!” from the crowd.

54’ FHSU’s Cailey Perkins whips a header onward from 16 yards out. It had a chance but Wells responded appropriately.

60’ Washburn misses a chance at a shot-on-goal sans goalie. A corner was mispunched and the FHSU keeper chased after it and dove an arm onto it but slid off and Soto-Herrera poked it away and a Washburn player scuffed a shot from within a crowd that was cleared off the line with plenty of time for the defender to prepare to do so.

64’ Tigers blow a 2-1 breakaway after a wayward touch and a rushed shot just as wide.

65’ Keeper Raegan Wells is forced to dive to make sure a shot stays wide.

75’ FHSU has been dominating the direction of play this half and still look to be.

79’ YELLOW CARD Coach Phillips unsportsmanly commented on an uncalled ricochet in the FHSU box that he deemed to be a handball.

80’ Schuckman is taken down on the right touchline. The ball rolls out for a goal kick. No penalty.

81’ Schuckman chases down a pass into the left corner. The cross was disrupted and dropped to Quintana who lifted it over the crossbar with the inside of her foot.

83’ YELLOW CARD Carlee Thompson is booked for a foul.

89’ Last play of regular time, a Washburn corner to the back post was headed down by Khloe Schuckman too sharply into the ground which caused it to bounce more upward than goalward. Actually not a bad technique, just a few degrees off. What a game-winner that would have been from the freshman. There is now extra time for her to still score that.

1ET 3’ A Tiger’s player makes a full lunge for a shot from a tight angle that was a decent chance made from what felt like an outward ball. It hit the backside of the near post and glanced off the outside of the side netting.

1ET 7’ A nicely-weighted through ball creates a breakaway for a Khloe Schuckman next to the Tigers’ last defender. The goalkeeper decided to dash for it as well. Indeed the goalkeeper got there first, only just. Schuckman was bucked off at the last moment by the defender.

2ET 2’ There’s a scramble in the Washburn box and the ball pops out. It’s sent for the first time and caught by a diving Raegyn Wells to her right.

2ET 4’ YELLOW CARD FHSU’s Zariah Smith is booked for a foul.

Edited by: Kyle Manthe, Simran Shrestha