EATON TWP. — Deftly using hyperbole as a conversational tool, Amanda Beursken spoke thoughtfully Tuesday about an aspiration she has nurtured.
“It was like my goal in life to get a header goal,” Midview’s sophomore midfielder said. “Me and Morgan have been wanting to get a header like all year. She always crosses it to me and I’m always trying to get a header.”
Beursken could speak with confidence because, indeed, she had recently scored with a header off a crossing pass from Morgan Bowman, a fellow sophomore.
“Somebody got a through-ball to me,” Bowman said. “There was nobody on me, so I crossed to Amanda. I loved it. It’s something we work on.”
It happened in the 24th minute of the Middies’ Division I sectional soccer tournament opener against North Ridgeville. It turned out to be the only goal necessary in Midview’s 3-0 victory.
Beursken also scored the second goal, her sixth of the season, after a long run in the 51st minute. She was off to the races after taking control as the ball popped away from the North Ridgeville defense and scored into the upper-left corner.
With her third goal of the year, junior Kayla Hirschfelder ended the scoring in the 80th minute with an assist by senior Cassy Fleming. It was Fleming’s 18th birthday.
It all added up to the Middies’ eighth win of the season against nine losses and marked the second time in less than a week they defeated their West Shore Conference rival. Midview rolled in last Wednesday’s regular-season match, 5-1.
Tuesday night’s shutout — the third this year for Taylor Ceh, the Middies’ sophomore goalkeeper — sends Midview to Westlake at 3 p.m. Saturday for a sectional final with the perennially powerful Demons (8-2-3). North Ridgeville ended its season 7-8-1.
“The defense worked very hard,” Ceh said of the players directly in front of her. “Our intensity level was up. I mean, the offense was also back on defense. (North Ridgeville) is a good team. They came back and put last week behind them.”
The Rangers had some chances, but not many.
Lauren Ginley, Samantha Graham and Kayla Zingale all tested Ceh with shots on frame the first 40 minutes. They got four shots off the second half, but only one was on target. It came off Zingale’s foot in the 63rd minute, but Ceh handled it without incident.
“They’re a local rival and we have to bring our best game,” Midview coach Josh Moore said of North Ridgeville’s effort. “We knew they were going to come in shooting at us.”
Midview 3, North Ridgeville 0
GOALS: (M): Amanda Beurssken 2 (24th, 51st), Kayla Hirschfelder (80th).
- ASSISTS: (M) Morgan Bowman, Cassy Fleming.
- SHOTS: North Ridgeville 7, Midview 12.
- SHOTS ON FRAME: North Ridgeville 4, Midview 9.
- SAVES: (NR) Samantha Wiles 6; (M) Taylor Ceh 4.
- CORNER KICKS: Midview 6.
- GOAL KICKS: North Ridgeville 12, Midview 2.
- OFFSIDE: Midview 10.
- HANDBALLS: Midview 2.
- OTHER INFRACTIONS: North Ridgeville 4, Midview 7.
- YELLOW CARDS: (R) Kaleigh Asp (71st); (M) Bench (22nd), Samantha Bauer (54th).
- HALFTIME: Midview, 1-0.
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