Calvert girls take Leonard­town on the soc­cer field

Cava­liers score three first-half goals in vic­tory

The Calvert Recorder - - Front Page - By COLIN STOECKER cstoecker@somd­

Tues­day night was for girls soc­cer when the Calvert took on Leonard­town in what was a phys­i­cally in­tense South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Ch­e­sa­peake Di­vi­sion matchup.

The Cava­liers (4-0 over­all, 2-0 SMAC Ch­e­sa­peake) had three goals in the open­ing half and ended up tak­ing the win over the Raiders, 4-1. Leonard­town (3-2-1, 0-2) des­per­ately tried to catch up in the sec­ond half, but Calvert added one more to seal the vic­tory.

“I thought that they ex­e­cuted well,” Calvert head coach John Baker said. “They’ve been work­ing hard on pa­tience and build­ing thirds of the field. At times they got a lit­tle laxed in their cov­er­age, we’ve been fo­cus­ing on how they’re tran­si­tion­ing up and down the pitch. Over­all, I think they did a fan­tas­tic job. We still have a lot to work on with a long sea­son ahead of us. We have Hunt­ing­town on Fri­day. So, this is a good build­ing block for that, they’ve been build­ing this for a while.”

Calvert wasted no time get­ting on the board as ju­nior for­ward Lon­don Lewis passed a long ball over to sopho­more Macken­zie Alonso for the Cava­liers’ first goal of the match just 4 min­utes 35 sec­onds in.

“I think in the be­gin­ning our nerves kind of got to us and we were a lit­tle shaky,” Alonso said. “Kick­ing it to the other team, and to­wards the end and mid­dle we fi­nally calmed down and we were con­nect­ing passes. I had a great pass from Lon­don right to my feet and shot for the cor­ner. I think we can go to states, we have the chem­istry and ta­lent.”

Leonard­town stayed in the match and got a shot off that went into the back of the net past Calvert goal­keeper Kalli Wil­li­ams, but the Raiders were called off­sides. The vis­i­tors kept per­se­ver­ing and ju­nior for­ward Me­gan St. Lau­rent scored on a break­away to tie the game at 1.

“It felt good scor­ing the goal,” St. Lau­rent sai. “I’m re­ally up­set that we couldn’t come back, es­pe­cially in the sec­ond half. I think we played pretty well against them, and hope­fully we can get them next year. I re­ally hope we win all the rest of the games and go to states.”

Mid­way through the first half, Lewis re­ceived a cross­ing from Claire Wil­li­ams and jumped into the air and kicked it past Leonard­town goal­keeper Han­nah Bello Bello, which gave her team back

the lead, 2-1.

“I think we did we did re­ally well. We were calm and com­posed and we didn’t come in too cocky,” Lewis said. “We worked to­gether well, and in the be­gin­ning we were a lit­tle fright­ened, we played a lit­tle scared. But once that started to progress, we got our­selves un­der con­trol, made solid passes and through-balls and made our looks. We worked well to­gether and won.”

She added: “I got the first as­sist and scored the sec­ond goal of the game. Hon­estly, I’m not one to score on set pieces, so I just ran back post and the ball came to me and I just hit it with my knee and then it went in. I was sur­prised that it went in.”

With three min­utes left be­fore the half, se­nior mid fielder Ash­ley Dakis scored for the Cava­liers off of a free kick. The ball arched up and over the de­fen­sive wall of Leonard­town play­ers and over Bello’s head into the back of the net. Calvert led 3-1 at half­time.

Just be­fore the mid­way point of the sec­ond half, Calvert found the back of the net again. This time, ju­nior Kayleigh Ve­nis passed the ball to ju­nior Anita Pope for the goal se­cur­ing the lead at 4-1.

The raiders con­tin­ued to stay phys­i­cal and in the game. Wil­li­ams had three more saves in the sec­ond half, shut­ting out Leonard- town de­spite a bar­rage of shots.

“It was a tough match,” Raiders head coach Jen­nifer Hen­der­son said. “We knew that it would be a com­pet­i­tive match. It al­ways is be­tween us and Calvert. Un­for­tu­nately, they came out on top tonight. On our goal it was Is­abella Dever, who goes by Bub­bles, played a beau­ti­ful through ball beat­ing the de­fense to Me­gan St. Lau­rent, cut in be­hind the de­fense and fin­ished beau­ti­fully.

Calvert will be at Hunt­ing­town (6-1, 2-0) at 6 tonight.

“We have some good ju­niors and sopho­mores who have been the core of this team for a while now,” Baker said. “They all stand out, we’re pretty strong at ev­ery po­si­tion across the board. Lon­don Lewis brings a lot of com­mu­ni­ca­tion onto the pitch which helps us a lot. But even our subs com­ing off the bench, Ash­ley Dakis had a nice strike there. She had good dis­tri­bu­tion of the ball. So it’s nice when our subs can ac­tu­ally step in and con­tribute the same way. We’re just hop­ing to keep it up.”

The Raiders hosted Great Mills on Thurs­day night and re­turn to ac­tion at 6 p.m. Tues­day at McDonough.

“It means we have more work to do,” Hen­der­son said. “We’ve had some in­juries to over­come and we need to keep work­ing and find more in­ten­sity in our play.”


Calvert ju­nior for­ward Lon­don Lewis puts the ball into the goal with her knee against vis­it­ing Leonard­town on Tues­day night. Lewis led the un­de­feated Cava­liers to a 4-1 win against the Raiders with one goal and one as­sist.

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