COLUMBIA — The Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School girls soccer team put up a much more competitive score against Sacred Heart in its second effort against the Gremlins.
The Trailblazers lost 3-2 on Thursday, a step up from their 5-0 loss to Sacred Heart during Tolton's first year with a varsity program.
With 4:24 left in the first half of Thursday's match, it looked as if the match was heading in the same direction as last season's. The Trailblazers had yet to put a shot on target, and the Gremlins had just taken a 2-0 lead.
That score lasted less than a minute.
Trailblazer freshman Lindsey Wright drove hard into the box and forced a one-on-one with the goalkeeper. The Gremlin goalie refused to come up, and Wright fired it inside the near post.
Then, with 2:41 left in the half, the Trailblazers equalized.
Junior Olivia Oglesby took a free kick from just outside the 18-yard box. Her kick was meant as a cross but ended up sailing into the top of the net.
"I guess the wind took it," Oglesby said.
The Gremlins regrouped at halftime and scored the game-winning goal with 21:57 remaining in the game.
Although the Trailblazers (2-5) lost, Oglesby thought her team played well, and the team heard nothing but encouragement from its coaches after the match.
The team's next activity together is neither a practice nor a match. It is competing in The Color Dash on Saturday at Stephens Lake Park.
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