By Chuck Reherman
MOORE – After a rough outing in their previous match, Yukon came out and did what the Millerettes needed to do.
Bounce back with a win.
The Millerettes played a tough-nosed defense and scored the only goal they needed in the second half to beat Southmoore, 2-0, Tuesday night at Southmoore.
The win did exact some measure of revenge, Southmoore had ousted the Millerettes from the playoffs last year, taking a 3-1 win on YHS’ home pitch.
The Millerettes did not give Southmoore that chance this time around.
“Overall, we played very good,” Millerette coach Danielle Tantillo said. “Our defense figured it out, we won some balls in the air, we were connecting really good passes and played substantially better than we did the previous game.
“We learned from the Stillwater game, worked on some things on Monday that were are weaknesses and I think that helped improve our gaps. We did a better job with through balls and finishing.
“We changed up some positioning and our defense played better. And Kalista (Beasley) was a little more settled and knew more of what to do in playing her second game in a row.”
After a scoreless first half, Kylee Fort took a pass from Jasie Eischen and scored the go ahead goal in the 62nd minute of the match.
“The game was played mostly in midfield in the first half, but we did control to possession of the ball,” Tantillo said. “The wind was playing a factor and the field was narrow that we had to make adjustments for.”
The Millerettes had scored on their second goal off a free kick by Kayleigh Fish. Zoe Wilson had sent the ball toward the net on the free kick and Fish directed it into the net.
But, for a while it looked like it was only going to be a 1-0 win. Tantillo said officials came to her and said the goal didn’t count because it was four seconds after time ran out. But, the call was changed and went in favor of the Millerettes.
“We have surpassed some expectations I have had of them and we are in our groove now,” Tantillo said. “The win gave us a little more confident going in to the rest of our season.”