AMSTERDAM - The Amsterdam girls soccer team battled Troy evenly most of Wednesday's Big 10 game until a disputed corner kick in the second half.
Amsterdam was awarded a corner kick seven minutes into the second half on a ball the Flying Horses thought should have been a goal kick.
That corner kick provided the lone goal in the game as the Lady Rams pulled out a 1-0 win at Lynch Literacy Academy.
Amsterdam's Madison Healy prepares to take a shot as Troy goalkeeper Abby McAuley slides to make the save and Troy's Page Kearns runs toward the goal during Wednesday's Big 10 game at Lynch Literacy Academy in Amsterdam. (The Leader-Herald/Mike Zummo)
"I thought we played really hard," Troy coach Justin Haviland said. "We just felt like we were on the wrong side of a lot of calls, but I shouldn't blame games on the refs. I don't blame the refs. We had opportunities to put a couple of balls in the net. We just couldn't finish."
The Lady Rams finished only that one opportunity when Monica Rouse sent the ball flying toward the goal from the right corner. The ball bounced around in front of the goal and Madison Healey had the final touch on the ball as she nudged the ball past Troy goalkeeper Abby McAuley for the score.
"I just saw the goal," Healey said.
Michaela Kilgallen was credited with an assist on the play as she also got a foot on the ball during the scramble in front of the goal.
"That's what happens on corner kicks," Amsterdam coach Deanna Alex said. "That ball gets in the 6-yard box and someone has to poke it in. Mad Dog [Healey] got there."
After a quiet first half, the Lady Rams (7-7-1 overall, 3-3-1 Big 10) had several chances to score in the final 10 minutes of the first half.
In the 38th minute, Healey brought the ball down the left goalpost on her approach but was intercepted by McAuley, who made a sliding stop. However, she couldn't corral the ball and Healey had a second chance to put one in the net, but her second shot went wide of the goal.
About a minute later, Rouse had a shot from about 30 yards away deflected by McAuley.
"I think they played awesome," Alex said. "They were moving the ball great. They were getting back behind the ball. They were passing. They played wonderful today."
After the Lady Rams scored seven minutes into the second half, the game got a little more physical as both teams started sniping at each other on the field. Eventually, Haviland received a yellow card with less than 15 minutes remaining for continually complaining to the officials.
But with 10 minutes to go, Troy (4-9 overall, 2-5 Big 10) started getting more opportunities on net.
"We turned it on in the last 10 minutes," Haviland said. "I think we're finally starting to understand the sense of urgency, especially in the game and also in the season. We've only got three games left, so we're trying to boost our standings for sectionals."
Amsterdam goalkeeper Cassandra Robataille was whistled for a penalty, giving Troy a direct kick with 4:55 to go. Troy had another opportunity with a direct kick on the goal, and two more corner kicks gave the Flying Horses additional chances to score.
"Whenever you're winning a 1-0 game, that's the hardest lead to keep," Alex said. "Troy kept knocking on our door. I'm happy that nobody was there to answer it. They were making me nervous though. We went to overtime last time against them. They're a very good team."