By Kelly Terpstra
OTTUMWA — Centerville sisters Megan and Ashley Sharp share the distinction of being pretty good soccer players.
The Redette sophomore star spikers also have a genetic bond many siblings do not possess — they’re twins.
With that almost identical DNA flowing through their veins comes an understanding — a special bond and powerful force that needs never to be spoken or communicated to be understood.
The Sharp twins are starting to become more aware of that telepathic propensity to communicate without talking. It helped the Redette girls soccer squad to a 3-2 victory over Ottumwa at Walsh Soccer Complex on Monday evening.
“It’s developing,” said Ashley Sharp, speaking about the pair’s ability to be in-sync on the field.
“Finally,” said Megan, who stated it was the first time in high school soccer that her and Ashley hooked up on a scoring success.
Ashley netted two goals and Megan added two assists as the Redettes improved to 2-2 overall with the big win. The celebration afterwards near the Centerville bench also created quite a stir — the wet and wild variety that comes after water bottles are emptied on to one’s head.
CHS head coach Rod Campbell was the recipient of that H2O that made its way from plastic bottle to scalp in a quick way. It sure beats the alternative —large tanks of water.
“You have to watch the big jug. That’s the only thing I’m looking out for. When it comes out, you run,” said Campbell.
Campbell — Indian Hills’ girls soccer coach —introduced soccer to Appanoose County in 1997 and has been the head coach for the CHS girls squad since 2002.
He was extremely pleased with knocking off Ottumwa — a Class 2A team on its home field. The Redette coach sports a very young squad but found a way to pull out the win after engineered a late comeback.
“We didn’t expect it. Ottumwa has a fantastic team this year. We knew if we could get a win against Ottumwa we are on our way,” said Campbell.
Centerville struck first at the 20th minute mark as Ashley Sharp sliced through the Bulldog defense to put one past Bulldog sophomore goalkeeper Maleah Morett.
Ottumwa senior Mette Mengshoel tied it at 1-1 with 12 minutes before halftime with a goal.
The score would stay tied into the intermission break.
That’s when Centerville made an Ottumwa comeback look bleak with two second-half goals at the 49th minute and 67th minute. Ashley Sharp was responsible for the second goal, receiving the pass and assist from her sister Megan. Megan found Crystal Maldonado for CHS’ final score of the night.
“That was our best game all year,” said Ashley.
Down two goals with just under 15 minutes left in regulation, Ottumwa peppered Redette goalie Samantha Robinson in a flurried attempt to force overtime.
Many shots were on line for the Bulldogs, but just missed hitting the back of the net. Ottumwa scored with just 1.1 seconds left on the scoreboard after a holding call in the scoring box was issued by the referee.
Ottumwa senior Natiely Montoya was given the opportunity for a penalty shot after the foul. She bounced her first attempt at a score off Robinson’smitts and the ball was loose. Montoya didn’t miss on her second try, as the ball hit paydirt for Ottumwa’s final score.
Too little, too late.
“We have some girls that are tired and we just weren’t in it today. We weren’t ready to play. Our touches were horrible. It was a definite learning experience for the girls,” said Ottumwa head coach Erin Ebling.
Ottumwa had its worst offensive shot total of the season since last week’s total of two versus Southeast Polk — a game Ebling knew would be a defensive game. The Bulldogs managed 11 shots on goal with Montoya coming up with five of those.
“There were three of four shots on goals that our offense just stood and didn’t know what to do. They were just like a deer in the headlights,” said Ebling.
April 21, 2008 – Ottumwa
1 2 F
Centerville 1 2 - 3
Ottumwa 1 1 - 2
C – Ashley Sharp 20:00
O – Mette Mengshoel 28:00
C – Ashley Sharp (assist Megan Sharp) 49:00
C – Crystal Maldonado (assist Megan Sharp) 67:00
O – Natiely Montoya penalty kick 89:00
Total shots – 9 (Maldonado 5, A. Sharp 2).
Total saves – 7 (Sam Robinson 7).
By Kelly Terpstra