KNOXVILLE — As back and forth of a 1-0 game as you might see. Pella Christian traveled to Knoxville on Monday night as the Panthers were celebrating senior night. An early goal by the Eagles in the first half proved to be the difference in a 1-0 win.
The game started with Pella Christian applying the pressure early with a couple of good corner kick and free kick opportunities. In the seventh minute, Joslyn Terpstra would step up for a free kick deep toward the middle of the field. Terpstra ripped it up and over Knoxville keeper Abby Wadle and into the top of the net for the score, her team-leading ninth goal of the season.
PC continued on the attack for the first 10 minutes of the game but Knoxville was able to withstand the early fire and comeback to control play for the majority of the rest of the half.
Taylor Jones was being shadowed but made several great runs up the left side for the Panthers, getting a couple of good looks at the net but just missing a few times as the two would go into the half with PC holding a 1-0 advantage.
The Eagles would get back on the attack in the second half with another couple of good looks from corners including a header from Elizabeth Brouwer that just whistled wide of the net.
Off of one of those corners, there was a scramble situation and the ball ricocheted off a Panther defender’s arm for a handball, giving PC a penalty kick.
Terpstra would step up to the dot and hit a low ball towards the bottom left corner but a sprawling Wadle would extend to make a big-time save and keep it a one-score game with 24 minutes to go.
The two teams went back and forth before a flurry of action late in the contest.
With just under three minutes left, PC’s Hattie Fancher had her point-blank shot stuffed by Wadle, who quickly fired it upfield Hanna Linsley. Linsley held off Eagle defenders and fire a shot that would be deflected wide for a big save by PC keeper Lydia Zylstra for one of her two saves on the night.
Knoxville would be awarded a corner but the stout PC defense, led by freshman Jaclyn Holmes who was all over the field making plays for the Eagles on the back line, were able to clear the corner and secure the 1-0 shutout win.
Pella Christian (4-4) stay on the road as they head to Newton (5-6) on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. while Knoxville (5-5) travels to Centerville (5-4) on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.