Mason’s Alex’s Niehoff (3), left celebrates with her teammates after scoring in the second half.
John Erardi reports:
It is called ‘‘the beautiful game’’ for a reason.
The Mason girls showed why in a 3-0 victory over Loveland Tuesday night in a ‘‘road to state’’ game at Kings High School.
So much of this spirited game was about the passing.
The three assists were, in order, from senior forward captain Alex Niehoff, junior midfielder Jill Vetere and senior forward Taylor Sheppard.
The three goals were scored, in order, by Vetere, senior forward Chloe Knue and Niehoff.
To appreciate what went into the plays, one must hear from the principals.
Goal 1 (Late in the first half) –
The feed was over the top of two defenders, and dropped directly in front of Vetere.
Niehoff: ‘‘In that situation, I’m just trying to get it to a forward, because I know they’re always up there making runs. I knew one of them would get on it. Jill really made a great run there. ‘’
The goal, Vetere: ‘‘I saw Alex with the ball, and I just started screaming for it. I knew she was going to get it to me. There was a girl on my left, and I was able to take the ball off my head, and cut the girl off and finish it with my right. Spot-on feed, setting it all up. Great ball by Alex.’’
Why it was so big, Vetere: ‘‘0-0. You never know if you’re going to have one opportunity or 10. You have to make the most of it.’’
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