Raiders down An­napo­lis to start play­off run

Dever, Schroeder score two goals each in shutout win in 4A East

The Enterprise - - Sports - By COLIN STOECKER cstoecker@somd­news.com

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.”

STAFF PHOTO BY COLIN STOECKER

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.

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