Raiders down Annapolis to start playoff run
Dever, Schroeder score two goals each in shutout win in 4A East
The Leonardtown girls soccer team didn’t know what to expect going into the Friday’s Class 4A East Region Section II quarterfinal against visiting Annapolis High School. But on a rainy day, the Raiders put up their best effort and came out with a 7-0 victory.
Freshman Bubbles Dever scoring the first goal and last goal of the game and senior Emma Schroeder had the second goal along with the last goal of the first half. Senior Emma Vezzosi and fresh- man Brooke Henderson had the other two first-half goals to give the Raiders a 5-0 lead at the half.
Sophomore Alyssa Russell also had a goal for the fourth-seeded Raiders (85-1 overall), who played at top-seeded South River of Anne Arundel County on Tuesday evening in the section semifinals. The winner moves on to the section finals scheduled for later this week,
“I had two goals today. I thought it went pretty well,” Schroeder said. “We connected passes better as the game went on and communicated better. Well the first goal they crossed it and I just poked it into the corner, and the second goal I had a breakaway and shot it in the corner. I’m really happy, because I would have been sad if tonight was our last game for my last year. We play South River on Tuesday. They’re really good and it’s always a good fight against them.”
“It was a good game,” Leonardtown head coach Jennifer Henderson. “We moved the start time a little earlier to try to beat the rain and we didn’t quite do that. I liked the start of the game. Bubbles Dever had a goal in the first 45
seconds, so you can’t ask for a better start as a coach. We continued to play with intensity and score goals, so it was a great win. It means we continue to play. In the playoffs, it’s single elimination, so you have to win to continue your season, so now we will be at South River on Tuesday.”
Annapolis, the section’s fifth seed, couldn’t seem to get the ball back from a dominant Leonardtown attack. The Raiders peppered Panthers sophomore
goalkeeper Ruby Fisher with over 20 shots on goal in the first 40 minutes of play.
Dever managed to slide one past Fisher in the first few seconds of the game, and Fisher would let the ball into the net four more times before the half was over, saving 16 shots in the first half. The Panthers had no shots on goal in the first half..
Schroeder’s first goal, the second of the game, came roughly five minutes into the contest off an assist from junior Megan St. Laurent.
The third goal was scored by Vezzosi off of a shot that went past Fisher and into the back of
the net near the midway point of the first half. Henderson’s goal came on a beautiful header off of a cross from senior midfielder Brandi Stearns.
Schroeder’s last goal came with less than 10 minutes left in the opening half and the Raiders would lead 5-0 at the half.
Annapolis managed to get a shot on goal which Raiders junior goalkeeper Hannah Bello managed to save with ease. Bello picked up the shutout in goal.
The sixth goal of the game came around the five-minute mark into the second half when Russell shot the ball from well outside the 18-yard box and into
the left corner of the goal, scoring on Annapolis’ second-half goalkeeper, senior Elizabeth Gilman.
Dever was the last Raider to score as she ripped a shot from outside that went over Gilman’s head, giving the Raiders a 7-0 lead. The rain started to pickup, and the last 28 minutes of the game was scoreless.
“We have a really, really young team,” Annapolis head coach Charlie Heath said. “A lot of games we’re starting seven or eight sophomores. I think that shows when you play a more experienced team that’s been in the playoffs. They’ve been in
this position and we have a lot of work to do going forward. We’ve seen a lot of young kids, not just today but throughout the season that we look forward to seeing grow as players and into this program in the future. I’ll call out my seniors midfielder Laney Placido, Elizabeth Gilman and Alex Porzillo just the work they’ve put in over the years and today. They played until the end even though we had a huge hole in the first half. Gilman only let in those two goals in the second half, although it doesn’t seem like much, just shows that they didn’t have that quit in them.”
Leonardtown’s Bubbles Dever scored two goals, her first in the first 45 seconds of the game and the second being last goal in the second half, in the Raiders’ 7-0 win over Annapolis in a Class 4A East Region Section II quarterfinal on Friday.