DuBOIS — The DuBois girls soccer team sometimes struggled on Tuesday evening to find their shot opportunities, but they only needed one to count on a night where they didn’t allow a whole lot of opportunities either.
Senior Maddison King scored a second-half goal for the lone score of the game on Senior Night as the Lady Beavers shut out Meadville, 1-0, at the DuBois Middle School field.
The Lady Bulldogs edged DuBois, 9-8, in the shot count, but Lady Beaver keeper Emily Cherubini and her defense in front of her kept everything away from th e net to secure the victory.
“In the first half, they were beating us to the ball,” said DuBois coach David Martin. “Our girls were playing more of a spastic game instead of once we get the ball, make it our game. We talked about that and in the second half, I think we played much better. We controlled it a little more and took advantage of the opportunities.
“I was really happy that the girls reached deep down in in the second half and understood what they needed to do. And to hold on to the lead, that was nice.”
DuBois honored seniors Maddison King, Marissa King, Madison Donahue, Abbeigh Schroeder, Madison Havrilesko, Caitlin Drahushak, Erika Adamson, Reese Sayers, and Stacy Mosier before the game.
“I’m happy for all the seniors,” said Martin. “Beautiful night, beautiful game.”
On a night where defense was the feature, it became evident almost from the start as both goalkeepers made big saves in the opening minutes of the game.
Cherubini made the first big save, only in the second minute of the game on a diving save on a shot from Meadville’s Karalyn Adams.
Moments later down on the other end of the field, the Lady Bulldogs were called for a trip in the box. Donahue took the penalty kick for DuBois, but Meadville keeper Grace Cesna made the save at the 6:01 mark.
Meadville led the shot count, 5-4, at the half.
The Lady Beavers controlled the ball at the Meadville end for much of the second half, although they didn’t get their first shot on goal of the half until 10 minutes in.
In the 56th minute, Cesna saved a Lady Beaver shot from close range, but could not make the catch to save it and kick it away. Maddison King got the ball in her possession off a rebound as Cesna was on the ground trying to get back on her feet. King got the shot off before Cesna could make it back to her feet as the ball reached the back of the net for the lone goal of the game.
“She’s been wanting a goal for a few games now,” said Martin. “I’m happy for her. I think she needed that for her confidence.”
Meadville didn’t get their first shot of the second half until the 62nd minute, but the Lady Bulldogs did get a couple more opportunities from there.
Cherubini made another diving save in the 65th minute as Meadville got a shot off a cross pass, but the sophomore keeper once again registered a diving save.
Cherubini also caught a last-second shot on a desperation attempt to end the game, securing a shutout for the sophomore.
Cherubini made eight saves on the night, while Cesna recorded six saves.
Sayers, Donahue and Maddison King all had two shots apiece for DuBois. Adams had six of Meadville’s nine shots on goal.
DuBois improved to 9-4-2 on the season with two games left to play in the regular season.
The Lady Beavers host Altoona on Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Middle School field.