Girls soccer: Freshman Rudy plays like a senior for Devils

September 11, 2012|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Greencastle-Antrim may not be Notre Dame, but the Blue Devils have their own Rudy.

Freshman midfielder Ali Rudy paced Greencastle’s attack with a goal and an assist in its 2-1 Mid-Penn Colonial win over Waynesboro on Tuesday.

Rudy’s first shot on goal was blocked by Waynesboro goalie Nicole Kreimer in the 12th minute, but she still earned a point on Greencastle’s first goal. Sophomore midfielder Alana Ebbitt sent a centering pass from Rudy past Kreimer in the 19th minute to put the Blue Devils (3-1, 2-1) on the board.

“(Ali) walks around with a chip on her shoulder,” said Greencastle coach Greg Cole. “She’s a smaller player and she wants to prove to the world that she can play, and her attitude is infectious. Whether it’s a senior or a freshman, captain or no captain, we want somebody to be a leader and she brings it every game.”

Rudy scored Greencastle’s second goal in the 44th minute when her shot trickled under a diving Kreimer into Waynesboro’s net. Kreimer had moved up to the front of the box to try to defend the shot.

The Blue Devils imposed their game on the Maidens (2-1, 1-1), bombarding them with 12 shots on goal. Rudy nearly scored a second goal in the 44th minute that rolled just wide of the net. Junior Alicia Crider had a breakaway opportunity blocked in the 62nd.

“We’re a different team on natural grass than we are on turf,” said Cole. “When we play on our turf field, we’re fast and we’re tough.”

Despite its relentless offense, Greencastle nearly let Waynesboro tie the game in the final 10 minutes. Alysha McCleaf scored a breakaway goal in the 73rd minute to cut the Maidens’ deficit to one. McCleaf nearly scored again in the 76th minute on another breakaway, but Greencastle goalie Kayleigh Smith made the save to preserve the victory. Smith finished with eight saves.

“Too little, too late,” said Waynesboro coach Brian Fisher. “I loved the heart and desire we showed in the final 10 minutes, but you have to play a full game. If we could have played the whole game with that heart and desire, it may have been a different story.

“The other team wanted this game more. They set the tone tonight. It’s disappointing, but we’ll fix it and we’ll definitely rebound.”

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