Pa­tri­ots too much for CF; still un­beaten

Ivelisse Martinez scores 4 goals in rout of War­riors

Pawtucket Times - - SPORTS - By JON BAKER jbaker@paw­tuck­et­times.com

LIN­COLN – Davies Tech head coach Su­san Bras­sard doesn’t like talk­ing much about sopho­more Ivelisse Martinez, at least not to the press. Ap­par­ently, she wants to keep her im­mense talent a se­cret from up­com­ing op­po­nents, and – re­ally – who can blame her?

“She’s very young, only a sopho­more, and she’s quite skilled,” Bras­sard said. “She’s be­yond her years. I won’t say any­thing more.”

Cen­tral Falls men­tor Kirk Hamel saw plenty of Martinez dur­ing his Di­vi­sion III clash against the Pa­tri­ots on Thurs­day afternoon – in fact, too much for his lik­ing. The stand­out notched four goals to help her team­mates claim an up-and-down 7-2 af­fair be­fore just over 40 fans on the Tech turf.

“Once Ivey (pro­nounced E-vee) fig­ures out the other team’s less skilled play­ers, she’s phe­nom­e­nal; she’ll take com­plete ad­van­tage,” he said. “In he sec­ond half, she scored three amaz­ing goals from all over the field, and far out. That’s be­cause she’ll drib­ble in, get by the de­fense, hes­i­tate and then launch it 20-plus yards into the net.

“She re­minds me of the girl from East Prov­i­dence, Grace Abrams. Both are ter­rific ath­letes.”

With the tri­umph, Davies im­proved to a per­fect 6-0-0 in league ac­tion, while the War­riors fell to 1-4-0.

The Pats con­trolled the tempo for most of the con­test, ex­cept­ing a hic­cup in the ini­tial 10-12 min­utes of the fi­nal ses­sion. All told, the hosts out­shot CF, 19-10, and DT se­nior keeper Mad­die Bras­sard closed with eight saves. For the visi­tors, sopho­more Dakota Aguilar man­aged a dozen.

“A lot of our suc­cess has come from our pre-sea­son,” Coach Bras­sard stated af­ter­ward. “We were run­ning, run­ning, then do­ing more run­ning. We had two goals be­fore the sea­son started, and that was to be in bet­ter shape than any other team we’d face, and to work on our foot­work ev­ery day.

“That means chang­ing di­rec­tion in­stead of just kick­ing the ball out; I wanted the girls to pos­sess the ball more and look for the open player,” she added. “I’m fairly sat­is­fied with this ef­fort, though we had some lows. They tended to bunch to­gether on oc­ca­sion, but they lis­tened to the coaches, let them­selves be re­minded to play their po­si­tions.

“They made the proper ad­just­ments, and – in the sec­ond half – they com­mu­ni­cated bet­ter with each other.”

Davies needed lit­tle time to take the early lead, as – only six min­utes af­ter the open­ing boot – of­fi­cials awarded se­nior Alyza Martinez a left­side cor­ner kick. She roped a liner into the fray in front, and some­one knocked it home. In the end, it went as an own goal, or one off a CF girl.

Less than two min­utes later, se­nior Ju­lianne De­sautel rang one off the cross­bar, and Aguilar twice robbed Pa­triot from record­ing a tally.

That ended at the mid­point of the stanza; se­nior Miquela Teix­eira sprinted down­field on a break, juked fleet-footed se­nior de­fender Stephanie Vi­cente and slid a try in­side the left post to make it 2-0.

Eight min­utes later, Ivey Martinez con­verted a pass from Teix­eira, drilling it into the far left cor­ner; and De­sautel fin­ished off Alyza Martinez’ right-side cor­ner with a sim­ple poke.

The Pats ac­tu­ally could have held a larger lead at the break, but Aguilar stoned Ivey Martinez’ two stel­lar tries over the fi­nal 90 sec­onds.

De­spite the lop­sided score at half­time, the War­riors came out on fire in the sec­ond. Less than five min­utes into the new ses­sion, se­nior Mar­ilin Sanchez worked ex­tremely hard to get around a pair of de­fend­ers by the left side­line, broke free and sent a pass to junior Dul­cinea Burgo, who smoked it past the left post.

In the 50th minute, CF sliced the deficit to 4-2 when a Tech full­back was whis­tled for a hand ball in the penalty box. Sanchez calmly whacked it past a div­ing Bras­sard.

Per­haps three min­utes later, Ivey Martinez took a long pass into the of­fen­sive zone, and had clear sail­ing to at­tempt a shot at Aguilar. Just as her right leg had be­gun her down­swing, Vi­cente knocked her off-bal­ance.

Af­ter that, though, the Pats con­trolled it. Ivey Martinez scored on a break at 61 min­utes, con­verted Me­gan McKenna’s pass in the 66th and man­aged her last in the 77th. That, too, was unas­sisted.

“In the first half, we just had a lack of an­tic­i­pa­tion on the of­fen­sive side,” Hamel noted. “We had prob­lems telling where the ball was go­ing; the dots were con­nected. Our girls have been hav­ing is­sues tak­ing lone an­gles on their runs be­cause we don’t have a full-length prac­tice field.”

(That’s due to the fact that Ma­comber Sta­dium’s soil has been deemed un­safe for ath­letic play, and the Fran­cis Cor­ri­gan Ath­letic Com­plex turf needs some wotk. Hamel in­di­cated he and his kids prac­tice ev­ery day in a cor­ner of said field.)

“I still say we’re get­ting bet­ter at it, but it will take some time.”

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