No matter how good a team is, every soccer coach knows there are going to be games where nothing seems like it goes right.

For Woodridge girls soccer coach Jason Allenspach, that game happened Sept. 14 at Field.

Two penalty kicks called on the Bulldogs proved the difference in the game, as Field scored at 3-1 win in Brimfield.

Woodridge was able to move past the loss quickly, as it scored a 1-0 win at St. Vincent-St. Mary Sept. 19.

Woodridge's record stood at 6-4, 2-2 in the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division as of press time.

Allenspach said the effect of the Field loss was stark.

"It's pretty much killed the league title chances, unless something miraculous happens," Allenspach said.

Woodridge had its chances to win the game, as the Bulldogs finished with an 11-7 edge in shots on goal and a 3-1 edge in corner kicks.

Woodridge even took the lead in the 25th minute. A throw-in from senior Clarrisa Jenkins found fellow senior Allison Schmeltzer. Schmeltzer took one touch and smashed it into the upper corner of the net, making it 1-0.

So what went wrong?

"Not to discredit Field, but we gave up two penalty kicks," Allenspach said. "A non-call was made which allowed the other goal. I hate to say that it was the officials, but it was the officials. That was the deciding factor in that game for sure."

"After playing on the turf and at [MAPFRE] Stadium, going to their facility required some adjustment," Allenspach added. "We were back on a grass field and it was pretty beat up. It took us a while to get used to it."

According to Allenspach, the first penalty kick was given on a foul that was committed outside the penalty box and the second penalty was not a foul. He also said Field's third goal should have been disallowed for offsides.

"It its what it is," Allenspach said.

Woodridge goaltender Mary Bates finished with four saves.

The St. Vincent-St. Mary game took place at Green Street Stadium in Akron, which Allenspach said it required another adjustment by his team.

"He had a readjustment to the turf," Allenspach said. "For the first five to 10 minutes of the match, St. V took it to us and nearly scored. We kind of gained our composure after that."

Allenspach noted the Irish chose to man-mark Gracey Radwany for the entire match. Woodridge countered by putting Hailey Ilg and Allison Schmeltzer on the other side of its forward triangle.

"We were really able to expose our wide play," Allenspach said.

Woodridge scored the lone goal in the contest when Julia Mullins fed a ball to forward Sam Brodzinski in the 13th minute. Brodzinski then hit a perfectly weighted chip over the Irish goalkeeper to make it 1-0.

Woodridge finished with a 9-4 edge in shots on goal. Bates had four saves in the win.

"At this point, we're going one game at a time," Allenspach said. "It just paints a better picture when we go to the [playoff] seed meeting. We want to put in a long run in the postseason."

Woodridge was set to travel to Coventry Sept. 22, but results weren't available at press time.

The Bulldogs will travel to Tallmadge Sept. 26 7 p.m., which will end a seven-game road trip for Woodridge.


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