Dundee-Crown sophomore Ashley Raby doesn't always realize the time she has on the soccer field.
Most of the time that would be bad thing, taking shots from farther out than necessary.
But for one time Tuesday, Raby's lack of patience paid dividends. Raby's shot from the top of the penalty area hit the bottom of the crossbar and went in for the game's only goal in a 1-0 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division victory over Jacobs.
"I knew I had space and time to shoot because (the goalkeeper) was coming out on me," Raby said. "I knew I could have taken a few extra touches and finished a few more goals, but one was enough."
The goal came with 37:59 remaining in the second half as Raby ran down a long ball from Alyssa Moreno.
Chargers' coach Sebastian Falinski said he would have liked Raby to take some more time to create a higher percentage shot. He knew she has some things to learn on the field, but she's just a sophomore and patience should come with time.
"I feel that she panics around the 18 or she's scared of that box," Falinski said. "She typically likes just that one touch when she's got time for a couple extra touches and set herself up a little bit better."
Dundee-Crown (3-9-3, 1-5) had more scoring opportunities than the Golden Eagles, but Raby and her teammates couldn't take advantage of anymore of those chances. Jacobs goalkeeper Thea Robinson made 12 saves to keep the Golden Eagles in the game.
The best chance for Jacobs (2-11, 0-5) came with 25:16 remaining in the first half. Rachel Romano's shot from about 10 yards out was deflected by Chargers' goalkeeper Isabel Miranda and went off the post. The ball bounced right back to Miranda, who finished with 6 saves to earn the shutout.
"It's a lack of consistency. That's where the problem lies," Golden Eagles' coach Stephanie Schuck said. "They are capable of doing a lot and being successful. They just need to be consistent in order to do it."