Vikes continue high-scoring start to season
Team now 4-1 after hat trick by freshman Windsor paces attack against Eagles
SHILOH — Entering this season, Cambridge-South Dorchester High girls’ head soccer coach Kareem Otey hoped the Vikings would have more depth than in years past.
After five games, Otey has gotten what she wanted with a mix of seasoned veterans and contributing freshmen.
The Vikings showcased their depth Tuesday, with all four classes scoring in a 9-1 victory over North Dorchester. Freshman Brooke Windsor had a hat trick and classmate Bayley Tracy added a goal. Sophomore Riley Keener scored, and junior Emily Brohawn and senior Regan Jones each added two goals.
“In the past, the drop off from our starters to our reserves has been so drastic,” Otey said. “But with these new freshmen coming in, we just have a lot of depth. It isn’t just our seniors that are scoring. Everyone is contributing — assists and goals.
“They are just doing really well working together and communicating,” Otey added. “With everyone contributing is really opens up field for us. The defense can’t focus on one or two players. Having that spacing creates a lot of offensive opportunities.”
The Vikings (4-1 overall, 2-1 North Bayside) pushed the tempo early, and in the fifth minute, Abby Robinson dished to Windsor, whose shot was blocked by defender Hannah Harp. Two minutes later, Jones found a streaking Alyssa Swann, who shot and was denied.
In the 11th minute, Swann’s pressure set up a Viking corner kick. Though a shot was stopped, Brohawn booted a rebound into the net for a 1-0 lead.
North Dorchester (0-5, 0-3) countered with a rush with Kayla Collins finding a driving Kadie Laramore, who passed to Stafani Lanahan for a shot that went wide.
Laramore then forced a free kick and got the shot on net but Vikings goalie Sabrina McKelvey made the save.
In the 20th minute, Eagle midfielder Brie Bates stopped an upfield push to start a counter attack. She dished to Laramore who found Lanahan along the right said. Lanahan’s shot though sailed wide.
Windsor added to her team-leading goal total in the 23rd minute with a crossover drive on the left side and shot to the top corner of the near post for a 2-0 lead. Jones made it 3-0 in the 32rd minute when she intercepted a goal kick and scored under the crossbar.
Jones and Windsor teamed for the fourth goal two minutes later. Jones chipped a bouncing ball by the defense and Windsor buried the shot in the back of the net.
Tiaziah Wright found Windsor on a centering pass, and Windsor scored from the goal box to complete a hat trick and 5-0 lead to start the second half.
Freshmen twins Bayley and Morgan Tracy teamed in the 51st minute on a counter attack. Morgan Tracy dribbled down the middle, then chipped a pass to Bayley, who made it a 6-0 lead.
“What I’m most impressed about his how well our young players pass the ball,” Otey said. “You get to this level, and if you can be a really good passing team, you can create a lot of opportunities.
“It is something we have really been working on at practice,” she added. “With the speed we have, we are just able to make those passes now as oppose to the old boot-and-run.”
Brohawn’s second goal came off Riley Keener’s pass in the 63rd minute to make it 7-0.
North Dorchester made it 7-1, when Laramore drove a free kick to the goal box, and Collins corralled the rebound and scored.
“Kayla Collins putting the goal away was a good ball from Kadie Laramore and a great finish,” North Dorchester head coach Jon Catron said. “We just need to reproduce that more often.
“Stafani Lanahan did pretty good today,” Catron added. “She had a lot of energy pushing the ball upfield and creating some chances. Overall, she did great, and has been having a really nice season.
Riley Keener and Jones tacked on goals in the closing minutes to complete the scoring.
Cambridge-SD hosts Easton at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, North Dorchester travels to Kent Island Friday.
Cambridge-South Dorchester freshman Bayley Tracy fires a shot and score against North Dorchester Tuesday, Sept. 20.
Cambridge-South Dorchester’s Riley Keener drives down the sideline against North Dorchester Tuesday, Sept. 20.
North Dorchester Kayla Collins scored a goal for the Eagles against Cambridge-South Dorchester Tuesday, Sept. 20.