Thursday was a night of bad breaks for the Lady Tigers, and they kept on coming right until the final buzzer. Abbie Hicks shot With six seconds remaining Rolled about two feet wide of the goal, allowing Glendale to escape with a 1-0 victory on its home field.
In the first half, Republic banged two shots off a post, and also put the ball in the net just after time expired. Republic Coach Kevin Hauck says even the lone score by Glendale — a goal by Madison Marsh in the first half — was a turn of bad luck for the Lady Tigers.
“They played a ball to the top of the 18, and defensively, we weren’t in the right position. We didn’t pressure out hard enough. Honestly, it was kind of a fluke. The girl hit it and it was a little blooper, and it just went in the right place,” Hauck says.
The Lady Tigers had one last chance to tie the game as the clock ran out. Madi Mitchell headed the ball forward to Anna Jones, who popped the ball into the air and found Hicks on the run toward the goal. Hicks outworked one defender for the ball and had another on her back as she took the ball into the box. Her shot past the Glendale keeper missed the goal by a couple of feet.
“We had more possession. I felt like we had more chances,” Hauck says of his team’s effort. “I thought we hustled well. We just didn’t get anything to go our way. It wasn’t our night. That happens, but there were a lot of bright [spots] to look at.”
Republic falls to 2-2 overall. The Lady Tigers open Central Ozark Conference play with a home game against Carthage on April 3.