CRAWFORDSVILLE – It was the tale of two halves for the Crawfordsville girls’ soccer team in their match on Monday against Greencastle.

The Tiger Cubs dominated the time of possession in the first half and scored both of their goals. Crawfordsville could not mount a comeback and would eventually lose by two goals.

“The biggest thing for us in the first half was communication.” Head coach Laurie Vellner said. “Our girls didn’t do a very good job of talking and it showed.”

However, the Athenians limited the Tiger Cubs to only two shots on goal in the second half, but could not find the back of the net themselves.

“The difference was our ability to move to the ball.” Vellner said. “In the first half, it felt like we reacted to the ball instead of reading and anticipating.”

“Once we started being more aggressive, we found ourselves being in the right place at the right times to make plays.” she continued.

Offensively, Crawfordsville worked the ball down the field using great passes to obtain scoring chances. The Athenians were just unable to capitalize on those opportunities.

“We had a good flow from defense to midfield to offense and we did a great job transitioning the ball through.” Vellner said. “The only problem was the shots were either right at the goalie or not struck well.”

Vellner was very proud of freshman midfielder Faith Rogers.

“She didn’t stop hustling and was a brick wall on defense.” she said. “A player who shows that much hustle proves to her teammates and coach that you want to be out there.”

The Athenians (1-2) are back in action Wednesday when they open Sagamore Conference play by traveling to Frankfort. Game time is 5:30 p.m.