Maya Coen called it a “silly goal” and said she shouldn’t have yielded it.
Unfortunately for Truman’s senior goalkeeper and her Patriot teammates, that tally by St. Joseph Central was the lone goal scored in Tuesday’s Suburban Middle Six tussle at Truman High School.
Central sophomore Kristen Hagen tapped it into an empty net after deflecting a header past Coen at the 20:27 mark in the first half, and the Indians made it stand for a 1-0 win.
Coen had tried to race out and beat Hagen to a ball into the top of the penalty box from the left side, but Hagen shook her defender and got there a split-second sooner for the key deflection.
“That was really a hard-to-read ball,” said Coen, who had five saves and several other collections on the night. “It looked like it was coming harder, but it got caught in the wind.
“By the time I came out, we were both there.”
Central (6-2, 1-2 Middle Six) got its goal after one of Truman’s few good looks, a shot that hit the crossbar.
“We had a series of chances, hit the post,” said Truman coach Jared Byrne, whose team fell to 1-3 (0-2) after winning its opener. “They countered on us, and we got spread a little thin. We actually got it out, but they sent it back in.”
While the Indians had a few more threats, outshooting the Patriots 8-6 with six shots on goal and four corner kicks in a short second-half span, neither team showed much consistency on offense after halftime.
Truman managed just two shots in the second half, one corner kick overall and forced St. Joseph Central goalkeeper Lia Wickham to make just two saves.
“We were just struggling with passing and moving,” Byrne said. “I think we were looking to work hard, but it was a little late. We had a couple breakdowns.
“Last week we struggled with maintaining good attitude and moving the ball. We saw flashes of it tonight for about five minutes at a time. We’re just not consistent enough, but it’s a long season.”
Coen agreed, saying the Patriots of moments of hustle and other moments where they looked tired.
“We were just in and out of it,” she said. “We have to be a really consistent team.”