Vik­ings reach sec­tion fi­nal

Goals from Bro­hawn, Robin­son, 14 saves by McKelvey spark Cam­bridge-SD

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

CAM­BRIDGE — Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High’s girls’ soc­cer team ad­vanced to the Class 1A East Sec­tion II fi­nal with Tues­day’s 2-1 vic­tory over Mardela.

The Vik­ings got goals from Emily Bro­hawn and Leila Robin­son, and the de­fense re­ceived strong play from goal­keeper Sabrina McKelvey, who recorded 14 saves and with­stood a late rally from the War­riors.

CAM­BRIDGE — Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High’s girls’ soc­cer team ad­vanced to the Class 1A East Sec­tion II fi­nal with Tues­day’s 2-1 vic­tory over Mardela.

The Vik­ings got goals from Emily Bro­hawn and Leila Robin­son, and the de­fense re­ceived strong play from goal­keeper Sa- brina McKelvey, who recorded 14 saves and with­stood a late rally from the War­riors.

No. 2 seed Cam­bridge-SD (8-4-1) is sched­uled to visit top-seeded Snow Hill (10-3) on Fri­day in the 1A East Sec­tion II fi­nal for a third con­sec­u­tive. The Ea­gles, who de­feated North Dorch­ester 8-0 in yes­ter­day’s other sec­tion semi­fi­nal, elim­i­nated the Vik­ings in the prior two years.

“Sabrinia had an amaz­ing game like she usu­ally does,” Vik­ings de­fen­sive cap­tain Ha­ley Wright said. “This last week we were re­ally fo­cus­ing on our de­fen­sive aspect be­cause Mardela has a re­ally strong front line. We wanted to fo­cus more on push­ing them to the out­side, and we did that re­ally well to­day.

“It re­ally felt good the de­fense could hold it down there at the end,” she added. “Now, we can go on to Snow Hill, which is a good matchup for us.”

It took only 33 sec­onds for Cam­bridge-SD to get on the board when Bro­hawn cor­ralled a loose ball and lofted a shot over Mardela keeper Pey­ton Cline’s head for a goal.

The War­riors (2-11) re­sponded with their own at­tack, pres­sur­ing the ball in the goal box. McKelvey de­nied all chal­lenges with six first-half saves.

In the 21st minute, Mardela for­ward Mal­lory Ster­rett found a crease and rushed to­ward the net, but was cut off by Wright, who kicked the ball out of bounds.

The Vik­ings’ of­fense coun­tered with two scor­ing chances in the next five min­utes. The first came off a cor­ner kick when Brooke Wind­sor found an open­ing for a shot, but Cline made the save. Leila Robin­son then streaked along the right side and de­liv­ered a shot, but Cline again made the save.

With less than two min­utes left, Mardela threat­ened when Caeleigh Schirner gained con­trol of a loose ball, but sailed her shot wide.

In the sec­ond half, the Vik­ings con­trolled the early pos­ses­sions. Wright sailed a free kick in the goal box for a streak­ing Natalie

Kerr, but Kerr’s long stretch could not con­nect and Cline gob­bled up the pass.

Abby Robin­son and Leila Robin­son had con­sec­u­tive scor­ing chances in the 52nd minute but each sent shots high over the net.

The duo would con­nect in the 61st minute to put CSD up 2-0. Abby Robin­son cor­ralled a loose ball, dished to Ri­ley Keener who found Wind­sor in the mid­dle of the field. Wind­sor then lofted a pass to a streak­ing Leila Robin­son, whose blast found the back of the net.

“Leila has a nice hard shot, and she took a lot of them to­day,” Wright said. “She does a great job out there. Her shot is a real weapon.

“Bro­hawn has th­ese lit­tle tricks she does to get goals when the balls are bounc­ing around,” Wright added. “Bro­hawn got us started fast. The en­tire of­fense and mid­field played great all day to get us a lead.”

The War­riors mounted a strong counter at­tack to get back in the game. In the 67th minute, Ster­rett cut the lead in half with a goal. Mardela con­tin­ued the pres­sure, but Wright and her team­mates kept the mid­dle clear. When the War­riors came to the mid­dle, CSD sent balls back to­ward mid­field, chew­ing up valu­able sec­onds.

The Vik­ings kept push­ing on of­fense as well. Though they did not score, CSD held the ball for sev­eral min­utes in the of­fen­sive team to kill time.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester’s Leila Robin­son drives to the net Tues­day against Mardela. Robin­son a goal scored in the vic­tory.

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester’s Mor­gan Tracy reaches for a cross­ing pass against Mardela Tues­day, Oct. 31.

PHO­TOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester’s Leila Robin­son, right, re­ceives con­grat­u­la­tions from Brooke Wind­sor (8) and Mor­gan Tracy (12) after scor­ing a goal against Mardela Tues­day, Oct. 31.

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester’s Abby Robin­son cor­rals a loose ball against Mardela Tues­day, Oct. 31.

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester’s Ha­ley Wright drives the ball to the net against Mardela Tues­day, Oct. 31.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.