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Soccer: Denmark girls fall to Blessed Trinity in region opener
Lauren Murray
Denmark senior Lauren Murray, right, fights for possession with Blessed Trinity sophomore Maddy Koelsch during Tuesday's 4-0 loss to the Titans. - photo by David Roberts

By Josh Holland

For the Forsyth County News

Blessed Trinity was already up 1-0 right before halftime when Ella McGlynn scored her second goal of the night in an impressive manner from 25 yards out. She made a quick turn and fired it into the upper left-hand corner to end the half with a 2-0 lead. 

Arin Watson
Denmark freshman Arin Watson, right, goes for a header Tuesday during the Danes' 4-0 loss to Blessed Trinity. - photo by David Roberts
Blessed Trinity went on to win 4-0 against Denmark Tuesday night in the Danes' first region game of the season.

Denmark started the opening minutes of the game on its back foot as they struggled to break the Blessed Trinity high press and maintain possession. Once Denmark settled into the game, though, the Danes were able to make forward passes and test the Titans' back line, but they couldn’t break through.

Denmark (4-2-2, 0-1 Region 7-4A) failed to force any difficult saves from Blessed Trinity keeper Annabelle Carter, who had an uneventful game. Blessed Trinity was a step ahead all over the field, and in the first half they were able to get ahead fewer than 10 minutes into the game through McGlynn. 

She outran the Denmark back line and completed the finish nine minutes into the game to give her team an early lead. Denmark goalkeeper Kiersten Bell failed to keep that goal out, but throughout the first half she was making saves and cutting out crosses to keep Denmark in the game. 

With two minutes left in the first half, McGlynn doubled the Titans' lead with a beautiful shot and turn. Denmark failed to create any significant chances as their offensive play seemed to fall apart in the final third. 

Kiersten Bell
Denmark freshman Kiersten Bell makes a save Tuesday during the Danes' 4-0 loss to Blessed Trinity. - photo by David Roberts
With 17 minutes left in the game, Trinity was awarded a corner which was easily put in the back of the net after Denmark’s keeper, Bell, suffered a hard knock and was unable to make the save. The goal counted and Bell was unable to continue to play which forced field player Eleana Rodriguez to play in goal. 

Rodriguez only gave up one goal after she made a poor pass, but other than that error she made saves to keep the scoreline from becoming too ugly. 

Denmark head coach Jen Barr explained what led to the Danes struggles against Blessed Trinity was part mental.

“That was mental for us,” Barr said. “We had a gameplan. We knew the kids that we needed to prevent (from getting) the ball. The gameplan that we had was if we could prevent the balls to those playmakers, and we can put them on their heels. Unfortunately, we came out the first half and our senior leadership wasn’t there.”

Denmark will continue region play at 7:30 p.m. Thursday when the Danes travel to White County.