BY ED WRIGHT
April 29, 2010, 10:35 p.m.
The 18-yard box in front of Livonia Franklin's goal-keeper was busier than rush-hour traffic on I-275 during the first 20 minutes of Thursday night's game at Plymouth.
But despite applying relentless offensive pressure, the Wildcats couldn't find the net during the first quarter of the contest.
"It was like we had 100 shots, but everyone was right at their keeper," Plymouth coach Jeff Neschich said.
Once they did break the ice, however, on Zoe Foster's goal with 18:44 left in the half, the Wildcats found the net with regularity, crushing the Patriots, 8-0, in a mercy rule-shortened contest.
The victory improved the Wildcats to 6-1-2 overall and 4-0 in the KLAA South Division heading into Tuesday's huge game against Canton, which is also unbeaten in the division.
"We did some stuff really well tonight, but playing the opponents we played this week didn't prepare us well for the defensive pressure we'll face against Canton.
"My hat is off to Franklin, though. They worked extremely hard."
Goals from McKenzie Hengesh and Megan Peplinski staked the Wildcats to a 3-0 halftime advantage.
The hosts dominated the second half thanks to a pair of goals form Jessica Scott, and one each from Katie Krajewski, Jen Babcock and Kate Moss.
Marissa Williams recorded her seventh shutout of the season without making a save.