On a perfect morning for a soccer match, Jim Thorpe handled business at home against Lehighton with a 4-0 shut out win.
The Lady Olympians were aggressive early as they scored three goals in the first half. Rebecca Cressman had two of them and Ilse Hassler added one of her own.
"I thought that we came out strong," said Jim Thorpe head coach Tom Condly. "We scored in the first couple of minutes of the game. That's what our mission was. Most of the goals were assisted, so I thought we moved the ball well."
Cat Condly, the true leader on the field, tagged on the fourth goal for the Lady Olympians in the second half.
"This is the most goals in a game we've scored this season. I thought we finished extremely well," Condly said.
"We knew it was going to be a physical game, it's a rivalry. We're three miles away from each other. I thought we managed our subs as well as we could. We have to give Lehighton a ton of credit, they really took it to us."
Lehighton's approach was to try and use the width of the pitch to attack the Jim Thorpe defense.
"We try to get the most out of our midfield and send the ball up the lines," said Lehighton head coach Amanda Dietz.
Despite four goals being scored, Lehighton's goalie made some great saves.
"Jim Thorpe just had good shots," coach Dietz said. "Jen Plocinik is a first year goalie for us this season. She's training hard and doing a great job for us." Having an inexperienced defense in front of you is far from comfortable, but Plocinik seems to handle the pressure well.
Freshman Raja Quionins dealt with a lot of the ball control for Lehighton.
"She's only a freshman who's gaining valuable experience," said Dietz. "She always plays extremely hard and brings a lot to our offense."
A majority of the girls on Lehighton's roster play club soccer year-round. Lehighton is a very young and inexperienced team, but they will definitely get better as they gain more experience.
Unfortunately for the Indians, they were only able to produce three shots on goal in the second half. Jim Thorpe was able to constantly apply pressure on the Lehighton side of the field, as they produced thirteen shots in the second half of play.
Lehighton fought hard until the final whistle. The Lady Indians didn't have such a great turnout this season in terms of participants to play on the team. This is why coach Dietz emphasizes conditioning so much.
Lehighton's next match will be at home with East Stroudsburg North.
Jim Thorpe will be looking to improve to .500 as its next game is against Tamaqua in what is sure to be another physical match.