La Plata girls soccer blanks Lackey
Warriors inch closer to first-ever SMAC Potomac Division title
La Plata and Lackey were the only two unbeaten teams in the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference Potomac Division entering Tuesday night’s match.
Now there is only one undefeated team left standing as the Warriors rolled to a 4-0 victory over the Chargers.
La Plata (8-2, 4-0 SMAC Potomac) have now won eight straight games since opening the 2017 schedule up with losses to Howard County’s Wilde Lake in a tournament and SMAC foe Calvert.
During the streak, the Warriors have delivered marquee wins over Leonardtown,
McDonough and came off a grueling 1-0 road win over North Point last Thursday.
La Plata will most likely wrap up its first-ever Potomac Division crown with only two more Charles County opponents left on the schedule. It traveled to Westlake on Thursday, then is scheduled to go to Huntingtown for a nondivision game at 6 p.m. Monday and conclude division play when it hosts Thomas Stone at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
The Warriors wrap up the regular season on Oct. 20 when they are at Northern in an anticipated nondivision conference matchup at 6 p.m.
“We are on a nice roll right now and this team is really motivated,” La Plata head coach Kevin Barry said. “We’ve had some tough endings to the season the last couple years. This year our goal was to beat our county rival North Point, win the division and that has been our driving force. We keep making those improvements to keep getting better. We are seizing our opportunities and we have different contributions from different people.”
La Plata was in total control from start to finish as it dominated possession and held Lackey to just one shot attempt for the entire game.
With an array of scorers on their offensive attack, the Warriors were led by senior forward Alex Falenofoa with two goals on the night.
Five minutes into the game, freshman Kristen Ging found senior forward Kaitlyn Fitzsimmons, who nailed a shot at the back of the net for the first goal of the game.
“It has been a rough season for me, but when
I’m on the field my goal is to score and help the team win,” Falenofoa said. “Sky’s the limit for us. We are like a family and everyone goes 110 percent. When someone is down we pick each other up and keep pushing forward. We can go real far in the playoffs if we keep it up.”
With less than 8 1/2 minutes left in the half, Falenofoa connected on a shot from about 15 yards out with her left foot on a pass from Fitzsimmons to push the lead 2-0, which would be the halftime score.
Falenfoa scored her second goal of the game early in the second half on a shot from the right corner on an assist from senior midfielder Mackenzie DePriest-Kessler to push the lead to 3-0.
DePriest-Kessler then dribbled through a couple of Lackey defenders and scored on a feed from teammate from Jordan Griffith to cap off the game’s scoring.
Lackey (4-5, 2-1), which won 2-1 in double overtime over St. Charles on Thursday, got strong play from goalkeeper Hannah Bateman, who finished with 11 saves and made several diving stops in the game.
La Plata starting goalkeeper Mackenzie Higdon played just the first half and did not record a save. Freshman Lauren VanClef, who was recently moved up to varsity, recorded one save in the second half for the Warriors.
“We were missing four players to injury tonight, but no excuses. Players have to step up and take advantage,” said Lackey head coach Dione Conley. “La Plata has a solid team and we are continuing to build this program and we are going to be right there in the next few years.”
Lackey is scheduled to take on host McDonough in another division game at 6 tonight.
La Plata’s Alex Falenofoa nailed a shot attempt past Lackey’s defense for a goal midway in the first half in Tuesday’s 4-0 win in a SMAC Potomac Division contest. Falenofoa finished with two goals in the game.
La Plata’s Kaitlyn Fitzsimmons looks to make move on the Lackey defense in Tuesday’s 4-0 win over visiting Lackey in a SMAC Potomac Division girls soccer contest. Fitzsimmons finished with a goal and a assist in the game.