Haselkamp's goal provides difference for Crusaders

Sarah Haselkamp scored off of a rebound with 6:43 left to play, giving the Lauralton High soccer team a 1-0 South-West Conference win over Masuk High of Monroe in Milford on Thursday afternoon.

“I’m very proud of how the team played,” Lauralton Hall coach Peter Trenchard said. “We play as team. We don’t have that one stud player we depend on, everyone does their part.”

Substitute Kerry Ulman set up the game-winning goal, drilling a shot past Masuk keeper Jenny Skoog that struck the crossbar. Haselkamp collected the rebound on the left side, calmly controlled it, then sent into the back of the net with the side of her foot.

Lauralton Hall improved to 6-1-2. Masuk fell to 3-3-3.

Masuk set the tempo in the first half, but could not put anything past Crusaders’ keeper Emma McCarthy.

“We are a very young team, we’re starting five freshman, two sophomores,” Trenchard said. “We have another freshman and sophomore that play a lot off the bench.

“You could see that in the first half. The first thirty minutes we played very, very nervous and didn’t play our game.

“We let them dictate the pace of the game. Instead of us calming down and connecting passes, we were sending it long, we’re passing it out of bounds. I thought once we calmed down, the last ten minutes of the first half… we played a lot better.”

McCarthy was aided by a stellar effort from her backline, freshmen Grace Healey and Dana Daconta, junior Maggie Salandra and senior Emma Dunleavy.

The defenders cancelled out promising chances by Masuk forwards Jamie Madden and Julia Christo.

When Madden did carve out enough space to get a shot off, McCarthy came up big.

With 8:49 left in the first half, Madden lobbed a high shot from the top of the 18-yard box. The 5-11 McCarthy leapt up and trapped the ball against the crossbar, preserving the scoreless deadlock.

“She is one of the reasons why we’ve had the start we’ve had,” Trenchard said of McCarthy. “She does a great job, our entire defense does a great job.”

Madden flashed a header past the target with 36:34 left to play, before the Crusaders started to string together opportunities.

Ulman, a freshman, had a shot attempt blocked by Panthers’ defender Talia Klutch.

Lauren Sell, Suzanne Lema, Jamie Rush and Mary Rose Finnegan started to win the battles in the midfield, creating more chances for Haselkamp and Ulman.

“It was back-and-forth in the second half, but I thought we had the better of the play,” Trenchard said. “We limited their chances, the chances they did have were from pretty far out.”

The spark that ignited Lauralton Hall’s victory came with just over seven minutes left. Haselkamp circled a loose ball following a Crusader corner kick, then snapped off a bicycle kick.

The shot flew past Skoog, but shaved off of the crossbar, ricocheting back into play. Masuk failed to clear the ball, leading to Ulman’s shot that produced Haselkamp’s game-winner.

A foul on Haselkamp nearly led to an insurance goal for Lauralton Hall with 3:41 left.

Lema took the free kick and hammered another shot off of the crossbar. From there, the Crusaders were able to see the game out, notching their fourth straight victory.

After hosting unbeaten Joel Barlow of Redding (10-0) on Oct. 9, Lauralton Hall travels to Blue and Gold Stadium tonight to face Newtown High (7-2-1) at 7 p.m.