Soccer: Kingsford outlasts Iron Mountain with 1-0 win
KINGSFORD — Kingsford turned a momentary Iron Mountain lapse into the game’s lone goal in a 1-0 win on Thursday.
Tori Dalsanto’s goal late in the first half came when Iron Mountain goaltender Lauren Lesky picked up the ball and came out of the goal to pass as teammates fanned out. Lesky’s pass to a teammate was intercepted by Dalsanto, who kicked it over Lesky’s head and into the net from outside the 18 box.
Despite a desperate Mountaineers’ effort throughout the second half to tie the match, the Flivvers withstood the scoring chances.
Iron Mountain coach Zack Frorenza said the Mountaineers were too slow with the ball, allowing Kingsford to close in for a turnover with Lesky compromised out of her position.”
Kingsford coach Jon Lorenzoni said he wasn’t sure how his younger players would perform in their first rivalry game against the Mountaineers.
“There were some other individual plays, some individual battles that I really saw some of our younger girls coming into their own in this game,” Lorenzoni said. “I was a little worried about some of our freshmen at the start. I wasn’t sure how they were going to respond to their first Iron Mountain-Kingsford game, but I thought they responded with flying colors. I’m proud of the effort we gave.”
Iron Mountain controlled the ball significantly more than Kingsford throughout the game. Lorenzoni said Dalsanto’s goal showed that sometimes it’s not about how many chances a team gets, it’s how good the chance is.
“Tori Dalsanto hit a beautiful strike from 20, 22 yards out,” Lorenzoni said. “Just a well placed strike and she made the play when we needed her to make it.”
Iron Mountain had a handful of quality chances also, except they didn’t result in a goal.
Iron Mountain’s Brianna Hoffman nearly put a goal on the board when she jumped up to hit a pass out of the air that sailed a foot over the crossbar.
In another opportunity, Iron Mountain worked the ball in front of Kingsford’s goal in a mad scramble. It pinballed around as Mountaineers players kicked it towards the looming goal and deflected off Kingsford defenders.
“I just thought our girls dug down deep and made plays when they had to,” Lorenzoni said. “That’s kind of been the way we’ve played all season. It could be on the defensive end, midfield or offensive end.”
Kingsford also thwarted a few corner kicks by Iron Mountain. In the closing minutes, Kingsford intercepted passes and kicked it into open areas, chewing time as Iron Mountain chased down the ball to build a final attack.
“We had, I’d say the vast majority of the possession,” Frorenza said. “We were able to move the ball around pretty well and got into dangerous areas. We could have got a better cross here or there.
“Result-wise, definitely close. We’re looking forward to Monday to improve on that,” Frorenza added. “I definitely think come Monday we’ll improve on our finishing.”
Kingsford hosts Lakeland today.
Iron Mountain hosts Kingsford on Monday.
Iron Mountain 0 0 — 0
Kingsford 1 0 — 1
K — Dalsanto (36:33)