DuBOIS — The DuBois girls soccer team battled Indiana for the second time this season Tuesday at the DuBois Middle School soccer field, and unfortunately for the Lady Beavers they experienced a severe case of deja vu in a 3-1 loss to the Lady Indians.
The teams meet on the opening weekend of the season in the championship game of Indiana’s Tournament — a game that the Lady Indians won in identical fashion as Tuesday.
In both matchups, DuBois (5-3-2) jumped out to a 1-0 lead, only to see Indiana score three unanswered goals in the final 40 minutes to come away with a pair of 3-1 victories.
The Lady Beavers, coming off a pair of back-to-back double-overtime ties last week against Hollidaysburg (4-4) and Karns City (2-2), played a strong first half Tuesday. The game was scoreless for most of the opening 40 minutes until DuBois’ Maddison King found the back of the net with 7:56 left until halftime.
DuBois took that 1-0 lead into the half but the Lady Beavers didn’t appear to have the same pep in their step following the break. And, Indiana took advantage. The Lady Indians controlled the action, and possession, for most of the second half, with DuBois managing just four shots after the break.
The Lady Beavers held off Indiana’s pressure for the first 13-plus minutes, but the lady Indians finally cracked the DuBois defense and keeper Emily Cherubini when Renee Hill scored at the 54-minute mark.
That goal only seemed to energize Indiana more, as Hanna Scardina scored twice in the ensuing 12-plus minutes to lead the Lady Indians to victory.
“We did play well in the first half, but then things just seemed to fizzle in the second half,” said DuBois coach Dave Martin. “We’re still trying to play some different girls in different positions, but things just weren’t clicking.
“There was just a lot of watching the passes, and we lost a little of our assertiveness. We knew thee would come out in the second half on fire, and at the tournament this is exactly what happened. We were up 1-0 at the half and lost 3-1.
“We knew what players on their team to watch — their go-to players — but they still made plays today and that happens sometimes.”
DuBois came out the aggressor to start the match and had three scoring chances in the opening eight minutes. Caitlin Drahushak had a direct kick stopped by keeper Ella Spadafora just over a minute in, while King had a shot got wide and stopped in the opening 8-minute stretch.
Indiana countered with a surge of its own over the next 13 minutes or so. Scardina had a shot hit the crossbar, while Cherubini made two saves during that stretch.
The momentum swung back to DuBois late in the final 17 minutes of the half.
Lady Beavers Kiara Tretheway, Drahushak and Brianna Nelson all had shots denied by Spadafora in that stretch.
DuBois finally cracked the scoreboard just past the 32-minute mark when King blasted a shot past Spadafora.
The Lady Beavers had two more scoring chances in the final minutes. Riley West fired a shot off the side of the net, while King had a shot hit the crossbar with 48 seconds left in the half.
DuBois outshot Indiana 8-5 in the half, with both keepers making four saves.
Both teams had scoring chances in the opening eight minutes of the second half.
Cherubini made a save on a long shot by Indiana, while Spadafora stopped a direct kick by Drahushak following a foul just outside the top of the Indiana box.
The direct kick proved to be DuBois’ best scoring opportunity in the second half. Indiana flipped the field on the Lady Beavers following the save and kept the ball in DuBois’ defensive end for a majority of the second half.
That constant pressure proved too much for the Lady Beaver defense and Cherubini to handle, as Indiana scored its three unanswered goals to come away with the victory.
DuBois looks to bounce back Thursday when it travels to Bradford.