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Lady Chucks fall to Brockway at home

September 19, 2011

In this file photo from Punxsy's Sept. 8 game against St. Marys, Sarah Heitzenrater (middle) jousts with a St. Marys player for a header while teammate Emily Horner waits to chase down the redirect. Punxsy hosted Brockway Monday, losing 7-0. (Photo by Zak Lantz/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Trailing 4-0 at halftime, the Lady Chucks soccer team controlled the ball for most of the second half, but were unable to score, and Brockway went on to win Monday afternoon's game 7-0.

"We came out in the second half like the score was nothing to us, and we were going to score some goals," Punxsy head coach Kevin Hughes said. "Possession wise, we did dominate, but had we started out like that in the first half, it might have been a different story."

As much as Hughes liked the way his girls jumped out in the second half, he still sees lots of room for improvement.

"It's still a work in progress, but we're not giving up the ship, I guess," he said. "In that second half, we showed an awful lot of promise, but we just need to do that the entire game."

Brockway wasted little time jumping out to the lead on its third shot, after Punxsy's goalkeeper was injured by the second shot, and the Lady Rovers never looked back.

"We came out soft," Hughes said. "We've done that before this season, but I think to an extent the problem is that the girls lack the confidence to win."

The Lady Chucks won't be taking any time off practicing before Wednesday's match against Curwensville, and Hughes has a list of things the girls will be working on, including their shooting.

"We have trouble finishing," he said. "Every single girl on our team that can score needs to work on shooting, and we are continually working on that. We're also reacting late to balls inside the 18-foot line."

Late reactions to the inlet passes cost the Lady Chucks key scoring opportunities if they're just a fraction of a second too late.

As is the case, win or lose, Punxsy was able to take some positives from Monday's game, as well.

"We made a change and put Anna and Emily Horner inside," he said. "They were covering each other really well. We're still not using drops as often as I'd like to draw the defense out, but they were possessing the ball well."

The Lady Chucks travel to Curwensville for a varsity and JV match Wednesday.

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