There’s not much worse than playing soccer when it’s 40 degrees out except when it’s played on a slippery, soggy field. But that’s what the Chelsea Bulldogs did Wednesday night as they played host to the Huron River Rats. It was a very defensive game from the start as Chelsea was unable to break into the Rats zone and get anything going. But less than 6 minutes in it was the Bulldog senior Kaye Nelson breaking through the Rats defense assisted by her teams great defense to put the ball past the Rats netminder and give the Bulldogs an early 1-0 lead.
The score would remain that until halftime as the Rats kept most of the play in the Chelsea end getting several good scoring opportunities but Junior netminder Natasha McElrath kept them blanked with stellar play.
In the 2nd half about 8 minutes in the Rats finally got a lucky break and scored the tying goal. It would remain tied throughout the second half as McElrath kept making great save after save.
Throughout the half and in spite of some very questionable calls it remained tied as both teams played tight defense. With only about 11 minutes left in the game though the Rats scored again to take their first lead of the game. Try as they might though Chelsea could never get a good enough chance to score the equalizer. With a minute left to go in the game, Nelson set up Junior Jesse Jacobusse who had a fast break opportunity as she flew past the defenders to the goal but the team was called for a very questionable offside thwarting the Bulldogs last great opportunity.
The Rats would take a 2-1 victory home with them. Chelsea finished with only 2 shots on goal for the night, the Rats 18. Chelsea is off until Tuesday when they will host Tecumseh.