Devils struggle with health, remain winless



October 7, 2019 - 10:16 AM

Lexi White, left, and Ashtin Deurkson, track down a Coffeyville player dribbling down the wing. REGISTER/ERICK MITCHELL

This season has been the toughest yet for Allen Community College head women’s soccer coach Jeremy McGinnis. Only three games left in the season, and the Lady Devils remain winless at 0-13 after a 7-2 loss against Coffeyville Community College on Sunday. 

ACC found itself in a hole early on, conceding three goals in the first 25 minutes of the match. Throughout the first half, the Lady Devils were unable to create any opportunities on goal. 

“I felt like there were a couple of  balls we didn’t pressure,” McGinnis said. “So we give them time to turn and run at us, and it makes it easy for players that can finish and put it away.” 

Starting the second half down 3-0, the Lady Devils saw the deficit double with still 24 minutes left to play. With the game out of reach, the Lady Devils began to string some nice attacking play together. ACC forward, Dorothy Usher, converted from the penalty spot after a Coffeyville hand ball inside the penalty area. Usher scored another with 18 minutes remaining after she was 1-on-1 with goalkeeper, and calmly slid it past to make the score 6-2. Coffeyville added another goal late in the second half  to make the final score  7-2. 

“We have moved her (Usher) around in a lot of different positions,” McGinnis said. “She has played winger and attacking midfielder. She shows how creative and dynamic she can be in the attack, and is definitely a target player for us.” 

The Lady Devils have been battling injuries all season. McGinnis said that eight players have been out at some point with a concussion, making it hard for him to make the right team selection with few girls fit to play. Still, McGinnis is optimistic to find a win in the closing stages of the season. 

“The last three games are all home games, and they are all winnable,” McGinnis said. “Any team is beatable on any given day, and I do believe that we can bring home three wins, two wins, or wins. It all depends how the girls can play.”

ACC will be in action at home at 2 p.m. Wednesday against Neosho County Community College.