It took awhile Thursday, but Brynley Orndorff’s rooting section eventually got to cheer a goal by its favorite player.
Orndorff’s header goal at 7:55 of the second half gave Trinity Academy some breathing room, and the Knights held off visiting Eisenhower 6-4 in front of a turnout that included first-graders from Buckner Elementary School. Orndorff’s mother is their teacher.
Brynley said that kind of support fires her up.
“It helps me a lot,” she said. “It’s fun to hear my name and how excited they are about it.”
At first, it appeared that the Knights (13-4), ranked fifth in Class 4-1A, would run away with the game. Trinity scored the match’s first three goals before eight minutes had elapsed.
But the Tigers (7-7-1) broke through on a penalty kick by sophomore Kayleigh Moore, the first of her two goals.
“Any time you let a team in with a silly penalty like that, you give them a lifeline and they took it,” Trinity coach Tom Nykamp said.
Eisenhower’s Danielle Martinez scored less than three minutes later, and suddenly it was a 3-2 game.
“Kayleigh did a good job of putting a spark behind us,” Tigers coach Scott Harder said. “It would have been easy for our team to fold and have it get a lot worse, but for them to play the way they did … I was proud of them.”
“For us to score six was a statement offensively, but unfortunately we gave up four.”
Knights freshman Caroline Zielke took a pass from Ashley West and kicked it past Tigers freshman goalkeeper McKenna Ferreira at the 25:48 mark, and West put one in with 11:09 left in the period for a 5-2 halftime lead.
However, Eisenhower wasn’t finished. With the south wind at their backs, the Tigers got unassisted goals from Jaclyn Means and Moore, closing the deficit to 5-4.
That’s when Orndorff headed in a corner kick by Taylor Billings – Billings’ second assist of the match – and the Knights finally could exhale.
First half – 1. Trin, Reusser (S. Miller); 2. Trin, Burns (Billings); 3. Trin, S. Miller (Zielke); 4. Eis, Moore (penalty kick); 5. Eis, Martinez (Bieler); 6. Trin, Zielke (West); 7. Trin, West (K. Miller). Second half – 8. Eis, Means, (un.) 9. Eis, Moore, (un.); 10. Trin, Orndorff (Billings). Shots – Eisenhower 6-5—11; Trinity Academy 7-9—16. Saves – Eisenhower, Ferreira 5-5—10; Trinity Academy, Ruschen 4-3—7.