CATO — Both teams sported a similar attacking style, but Cato-Meridian wasn’t able to capitalize on its chances.
The Mules sprung Maggie Meyer free for three goals while the Blue Devils struggled to get the through ball up to their forwards, as the Cato-Meridian girls soccer team fell to Red Creek, 5-0, at Cato-Meridian High School Wednesday.
"They found a way to generate more chances and they put more of them in," Blue Devils coach Brad Andrews said.
Meghan McCarthy finished with 16 saves in net for Cato-Meridian. Harley Ducharme entered the net late in the game and made one stop.
"Her numbers this year are eye-popping," Andrews said of McCarthy. "I think she's second or third in the section in saves right now. She's had an awesome season and keeps us in games."
The Blue Devils played the game with two subs, a luxury they didn't have earlier in the season when they were dealing with injuries. At one point, Cato-Meridian fielded a team with nine healthy players.
"Of course at the end of the season we're finally getting healthy again," Andrews said. "It's nice to have everyone back. It's been a boost for us. It certainly beats playing with nine like we did for a good chunk of the year."
Meyer opened the scoring for the Mules with a run down the left side shortly after the midway point of the first half.
Cato-Meridian was able to create a few offensive opportunities, including a Miranda Myhill-LaForce shot that was tipped just wide by the Red Creek goalie, but the Mules took a 2-0 lead into halftime after Meyer tallied her second of the night with 1:12 left in the frame.
"They had some nice passes. That first goal was a bad bounce off a punt and on a wet night it bounces past everybody and suddenly they're behind us," Andrews said. "We almost tied it up. Miranda had a really nice shot after that and their goalie had a nice save on."
Meyer finished off the hat trick 3:07 into the second half, Riley Shaffer scored a little more than three minutes later and Jessica Bolton capped the scoring for Red Creek with 18:11 remaining.
Olivia Ford nearly put the Blue Devils on the board with 12 minutes remaining, but her shot from the right side was knocked just wide of the goal post.
Cato-Meridian wraps up the regular season with a trip to Jordan-Elbridge Friday.
"It's a good way to end the season for us with a local rival," Andrews said. "We couldn't get our seniors a win tonight, so hopefully we can get them one last one on Friday."