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