BY ED WRIGHT
April 15, 2010, 10:30 p.m.
Plymouth girls soccer coach Jeff Neschich loves his team, but he didn't love the Wildcats' effort in the scoreless first half of their home game against Walled Lake Western Thursday night.
"We were standing around too much, waiting for something to happen," Neschich said.
The message Neschich delivered to his squad during the 10-minute intermission was more than effective as Plymouth dominated the final 40 minutes to post a 2-0 victory and improve to 2-0-1.
"We changed a few things up for the second half," said Neschich. "I thought we were sloppy in the first half with our positioning and our shape."
Freshman Stephanie Dillon was the first to light up the scoreboard with a goal mid-way through the second half.
"It was a set play from about 40 yards out," Neschich said. "Jen Babcock took the kick, the goalie bobbled it a little bit and Stephanie controlled the ball and put it in. It was a good hustle goal."
Four minutes later, Plymouth expanded its cushion to 2-0 when Carley McQuiston stole the ball from a Warrior defender and pushed a nice pass to McKenzie Hengesh, who punched in her second goal in as many games.
"We were applying a lot of pressure to try to keep the ball in our end and it paid off," Neschich said. "The girls made a nice play."
Neschich was impressed by the Warriors, a former co-member of the WLAA Western Division.
"They had some really fast forwards who made some nice runs," said Neschich.
Neschich praised the defensive efforts of Meeghan Hughes, Katie Moss, Katelyn Quinlan, Katie Krajewski and Katelyn Watson.
Junior goalie Marissa Williams was also brilliant again, notching her third consecutive shutout.
Plymouth hosts Saline Saturday at 12:30 on the PCEP varsity soccer field.
Ed Wright can be reached at (734) 453-1980 or firstname.lastname@example.org.