WEST TERRE HAUTE — Lincoln’s girls played even with West Vigo after the break, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a two-goal halftime deficit in a 5-3 soccer win for the Vikings on Tuesday.
West Vigo tallied quick goals in the 12th and 13th minutes, and that 2-0 lead stuck into the half. The final six scores came in a 15-minutes span in the second half.
The Vikings made it 3-0 in the 56th minute, but Lincoln (2-2) quickly responded. Mia Cory scored on a Sierra Mullins assist two minutes later, and Mullins scored two minutes after that unassisted. Cory recorded the equalizer a minute and a half later, unassisted, but West Vigo found the net in the 63rd and 71st minutes to put it out of reach.
Freshman keeper Madalynn Grube had 21 saves in goal, and Ashlyn Hillenbrand made one.
“We weren’t expecting some of the deeper shots they took early, and (Grube) gave up a lot of space. But she adjusted, and she made good stops in one-on-one situations. She’s still adjusting to high school soccer,” Lincoln coach Kellie Cargal said. “We weren’t stepping to the ball, we were losing possession, and we were giving up on defense. The second half was night and day. We got more aggressive, and we played a great second half.”
Lincoln hosts Evansville Day at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.