JACKSON - The Jackson Ironladies soccer team returned home Thursday evening and defeated Miami Trace 3-1 to earn their fourth win in the Frontier Athletic Conference of the season.
The match was scoreless for nearly 30-minutes, before Mika Johnson scored to give the Ironladies the lead with 10:57 remaining in the first half.
The Lady Panthers, however, evened the match six-minutes later on a rebound goal off of a missed shot to tie the score 1-1.
"They had a free kick I thought, Sarah (Balzar) should've caught," said Jackson head coach Chris Skarratt. "Nine times out of 10, she would've caught it, but she dropped it and they followed it in.
"They didn't really have that many clear cut chances and most of the times, we caused our own problems.
Opportunities were created for both teams to break the deadlock but both teams failed to capitalize. But the girls rectified it in the second half."
The start of the second half showed some promising goal opportunities for the Ironladies, and that is exactly what took place.
Kylee Castle put Jackson ahead for good with 32:17 left in the game, as she scored off a corner kick for a 2-1 lead.
Then Brenlee Vermillion gave the Ironladies a 3-1 lead with 13:13 left off an assists by Castle on a throw in.
From there, Jackson's defense played above par, which proved to be the difference maker the rest of the way.
"We've struggled in the first half this season," said Skarratt. "I think because of their record and them coming in here, we think we are going to win easily and it takes a little talking at halftime to get them going.
"We played a little better in the second half, but all credit to Miami Trace. They battled and they caused us a lot of problems. But the girls did what they needed to do. It's not all about how you perform, it's all about the result in the end. We just have to perform a lot better on Tuesday when we play Chillicothe at home."
With a lot of loss from the last three years, Coach Skarratt didn't have high expectations during the preseason. But that has all changed recently.
"Like I said, it's not how you start the season, but how you finish it and fingers crossed, we have to keep on winning," he said. "That's the main thing. It doesn't matter how you win, you just need to keep on winning."
With the win, Jackson held an 8-2 advantage in shots on goal and a 7-1 edge in corner kicks.
The Ironladies, who improved to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the Frontier Athletic Conference will remain at home to take on rival Chillicothe at 7 p.m.
Jackson 14, Washington Court House 0
The Jackson Ironladies soccer team walked off the pitch with a 14-0 victory at Washington Court House in a Frontier Athletic Conference match on Tuesday evening.
Three players led Jackson in scoring, as Mika Johnson, Brenlee Vermillion and Emma Bapst scored three goals apiece, en route to the win.