North Dorch­ester drop two against Colonel

Dorchester Star - - Sports - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

SHILOH — The North Dorch­ester girls’ soccer team played a home­and-home this week against Colonel Richard­son.

The Ea­gles fell 5-2 at home on Mon­day and 5-1 in Amer­i­can Cor­ner on Tues­day. Though the team fell in both con­tests, the team cel­e­brated the first ca­reer goal for Kyla Diggs in Mon­day’s game. Diggs re­peated the ef­fort with her sec­ond goal on Tues­day.

Trail­ing 2-0 in the 38th minute of Mon­day’s game, Brie Bates gained pos­ses­sion and found Kyla Diggs rac­ing through the mid­dle. Diggs fired a shot past Colonel goalie Han­nah Holmes for a goal to cut the Colonel lead to 2-1.

“Kyla had a lot of en­ergy and drive,” said North Dorch­ester head coach Jon Ca­tron. “Her en­ergy and ef­fort is re­ally what got her the goal. I’m happy to see her put one in be­cause she has been play­ing hard all year.”

In Tues­day’s con­test, Diggs again scored, this time from long range off of a re­bound. Kadie Laramore and Destiny Lane drove the ball down­field in the 65th minute. Dur­ing a loose ball, Colonel tried to clear, but Diggs stepped up and drove a shot just un­der the cross­bar for the goal.

Ea­gle head coach Jon Ca­tron said the team played much bet­ter in the sec­ond half of each game, but the team needs to start faster.

An­nie Har­ris gave the Colonels a 1-0 early in Mon­day’s game. North Dorch­ester be­gan to counter at­tack af­ter the Colonel score. Stafani Lana­han and Maddi Nos­sick worked the ball along the side­lines. Lana­han dropped the ball back to Nos­sick, and she fired on net, but the shot was saved by Holmes.

Kayla Collins gave the Ea­gles another scor­ing chance with a strong shot from the point, but Holmes made the save. Holmes would make a third save on a shot by Lane. Laramore later fired wide of the net for the Ea­gles off a cor­ner kick.

In the 28th minute, the Colonels notched its sec­ond goal when Macken­zie Covey cor­ralled a loose ball and fired a shot to make it 2-0.

The Ea­gles opened the sec­ond half with a lot of pres­sure in the of­fen­sive end. Beth Thomas and Lana­han worked the ball along the side­line for sev­eral scor­ing chances. Lana­han and Collins each fired shots that were saved by Holmes.

Af­ter Diggs’ goal, Thomas and Diggs con­tin­ued to move the ball into the of­fen­sive ter­ri­tory. The two, along with Laramore, would con­nect on passes for scor­ing chances.

“We got things rolling in the sec­ond half and scored a cou­ple of goals,” Ca­tron said. “Kyla and Beth were passing the ball re­ally well to­gether on Friday and that car­ried over to to­day. Kyla has linked re­ally well with Beth and the two have re­ally given us some scor­ing chances.

“Beth came on in the sec­ond half,” he added. “She put a lot of pres­sure in the of­fen­sive end, and she helped gain pos­ses­sion and start the break in the de­fen­sive end. Kadie was very mo­bile like she usu­ally is, which is good.”

The Colonels took a 5-1 lead with goals from Maddy Christo­pher, Har­ris and Cas­san­dra Brey. Bates closed out the scor­ing for the Ea­gles with a goal to make the score 5-2.

In Tues­day’s game, Colonel com­pleted the sweep with a 5-1 vic­tory over the Ea­gles. Har­ris scored twice for the Colonels (3-7 over­all, 2-7 North Bay­side), and Moore, Kayla Archer and Christo­pher each added a goal.

In the open­ing min­utes, North Dorch­ester con­trolled pos­ses­sion in the of­fen­sive end, and Lana­han nearly gave the Ea­gles a lead. Off of a throw-in, goalie Holmes moved to­ward a loose ball, but Lana­han cor­ralled the ball, ma­neu­vered around Holmes and fired. Colonel’s Natalie Southard raced back and blocked the shot to pre­vent an early goal.

The Colonel pres­sure led to a 4-0 half­time lead.

Af­ter half­time, the Ea­gles (0-10, 0-9) pres­sured the Colonels in the of­fen­sive end. Laramore, Collins and Bates gained con­trol of loose balls and found Lana­han and Thomas to start rushes.

When Colonel ad­vanced into the of­fen­sive end, Bates and Mered­ith Bell re­gained pos­ses­sion and find Lana­han along the right side to start the counter at­tack. Lana­han cre­ated sev­eral scor­ing chances with her drives, but her shots went wide or were stopped.

“We had a much more im­proved ef­fort in the sec­ond half,” Ca­tron said. “We did a bunch of things bet­ter to put some pres­sure on Colonel. We need to ex­e­cute a lit­tle bit bet­ter.”

North Dorch­ester hosts Mardela at 5:30 p.m. Tues­day, Oct. 18.

North Dorch­ester’s Kyla Diggs scores her first ca­reer goal Mon­day, Oct. 10, against Colonel Richard­son.

PHOTOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

North Dorch­ester’s Kyla Diggs cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing against Colonel Richard­son Tues­day, Oct. 11. Diggs also scored the night be­fore against Colonel.

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