Calvert girls take Leonardtown on the soccer field
Cavaliers score three first-half goals in victory
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.