Aberdeen blanks R.A. Long, 3-0, in girls soccer

Needing a chance to play a more possession style of offense, Aberdeen got the chance in a non-league encounter with R.A. Long on Thursday night.

Using short passes to drive the offense, the Bobcats pressed up on the Lumberjills and got the scoring done early in a 3-0 victory at Stewart Field.

Rachael Schermer, Ali Morris and Jade Caskey registered the markers for Aberdeen (3-4). Goalkeepers Alexxi Timmons and Kayla Arnold shared the shutout.

“It was nice to have some open space, pass the ball and create the attack from the midfield back,” AHS head coach Fidel Sanchez said. “That’s what we want to see from these guys. Anytime you can knock the ball around against anyone in (Class) 2A, that’s a good day. I’m happy for the girls. They needed the win after going through a gauntlet of league matches. It is good to get away from league and get some work in.”

For most of this early portion of the season, the Bobcats have been finding rough goings inside the Evergreen 2A. So, in need of a confidence boost and the chance to get its work in on its offense, Aberdeen applied it to R.A. Long.

But first, Aberdeen needed the lead. On a long free kick from the midfield line, the ball found several players before senior midfielder Schermer headed it in off the right post for a 1-0 lead in the second minute.

The Bobcats controlled the first half by keeping possession and initiating the attack from midfield. Junior Emily Fisher was cited by Sanchez for controlling play in the midfield and starting the attack throughout the contest.

Even with possession, Aberdeen needed another free kick to hit the scoreboard in the 22nd minute. From 28 yards out, Morris went right for the goal. Her attempt hit the left post and bounced and rolled into the goal, with senior midfielder Mo Donovan escorting it in.

The Jills were only able to pressure Timmons in goal once in the first half and finished with just three first-half shots. The second half was where the Jills mounted their attacks on Aberdeen’s goal, with Arnold in for Timmons.

Aberdeen held a 2-0 halftime lead and a slow start allowed R.A. Long to put four shots, two of them on-goal, into play. Arnold handled them without problem, but the quick strikes re-energized the Bobcats.

After a series of short passes that started deep in Bobcat territory, midfielder Brittani Boora found space on the left wing and sent a low skipping cross into the box. The ball beat two Jill defenders and found freshman Caskey on the run. Caskey got one touch on the ball and sent a screaming shot into the left side netting for the 3-0 score in the 48th minute.

From there, Sanchez mixed up his lineup on the field and got everyone in the contest. Arnold finished with three saves in the second half. Sanchez cited Morris for her play on the wings and Boora for her work up front.

In the junior varsity match, Aberdeen won, 3-0.

On Tuesday, Aberdeen travels to Centralia.