Colonels com­plete sweep of the Ea­gles

Harris scores two goals, as Colonel main­tains con­trol from the get-go

Times-Record - - Sports - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com Fol­low Caro­line/ Dorch­ester Edi­tor Dustin Holt on Twit­ter @Dustin_ StarDem.

AMER­I­CAN CORNER — Colonel Richard­son High’s girls soc­cer team car­ried mo­men­tum from a vic­tory on Oct. 10 against North Dorch­ester into the next day for an­other win over the Ea­gles.

An­nie Harris scored twice for the Colonels (3-7 over­all, 2-7 North Bay­side), and Kaylie Moore, Kayla Archer and Maddy Christo­pher each added a goal in the 5-1 win.

In the open­ing min­utes, North Dorch­ester con­trolled pos­ses­sion in the of­fen­sive end, and Ste­fani Lana­han nearly gave the Ea­gles a lead. Off of a throwin, Colonel goalie Han­nah Holmes moved to­ward a loose ball, but Lana­han cor­ralled the ball, ma­neu­vered around Holmes and fired. Colonel’s Natalie Southard raced back and blocked the shot to pre­vent an early goal.

“Get­ting the first goal is huge, and they had a great chance, but Natalie stepped in to block the shot,” Colonel head coach Jeremy Roop said. “She showed great sup­port by stay­ing with the play. It was a big play for us.”

Colonel took con­trol from there, scor­ing three times in the first 23 min­utes. Ni­cole Roop dished through the mid­dle to a streak­ing Harris, who scored for a 1-0 in the eighth minute. Harris al­most scored six min­utes later, but was foiled by North Dorch­ester goalie Ni­cole Waples. The re­bound went in Christo­pher’s di­rec­tion, but she shot wide.

In the 17th minute, Archer gained con­trol in the of­fen­sive end, and sailed a ball in front of the goal that Moore put into the net for a 2-0 lead.

Five min­utes later, Moore raced down the right side with the ball and crossed to Archer for a 3-0 lead.

“I’ve told them all sea­son long to get out, play hard, be­lieve in your­self, try to get that first goal, and good things hap­pen,” Jeremy Roop said. “The girls came out re­ally strong, got their adren­a­line up. They used the mo­men­tum from yes­ter­day’s win to come out very strong.

“I’m proud to see them put to­gether some very strong games,” he added. “They played good against Queen Anne’s, and it gave them that con­fi­dence boost. The con­fi­dence has car­ried over into this week.

“They girls have been build­ing great team­work with the ef­fort they have put forth,” he said. “I’m not look­ing one per­son to drib­ble around ev­ery­one. I’m look­ing for team­work. They are show­ing it with their pass­ing, hus­tle and en­ergy.”

With three min­utes left be­fore half, Skyla But­ler gained pos­ses­sion in the mid­dle and fed Harris for a 4-0 lead.

After half­time, the Ea­gles (0-10, 0-9) pres­sured the Colonels in the of­fen­sive end. Kadie Laramore, Kayla Collins and Brie Bates gained con­trol of loose balls and found Lana­han and Beth Thomas to start rushes.

When Colonel ad­vanced into the of­fen­sive end, Bates and Mered­ith Bell re­gained pos­ses­sion and find Lana­han along the right side to start the counter at­tack. Lana­han cre­ated sev­eral scor­ing chances with her drives, but her shots went wide or were stopped.

“We had a much more im­proved ef­fort in the sec­ond half,” North Dorch­ester head coach Jon Ca­tron said. “We did a bunch of things bet­ter to put some pres­sure on Colonel. We need to ex­e­cute a lit­tle bit bet­ter.”

The Colonels in­creased the lead to 5-0 in the 63rd minute when Harris cen­tered to Roop, whose shot bounced to­ward Christo­pher, who de­posited the ball into the net.

The Ea­gles came right back with a scor­ing chance. Laramore and Des­tiny Lane drove the ball down­field. Dur­ing a loose ball, Colonel tried to clear, but North Dorch­ester’s Kyla Diggs stepped up and drove a shot just un­der the cross­bar for a goal to make it 5-1. The goal was Diggs’ sec­ond ca­reer score, and sec­ond in as many days.

Colonel Richard­son is slated to visit Cambridge-South Dorch­ester Thurs­day, while North Dorch­ester is sched­uled to visit Kent County.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Colonel Richard­son team­mates Kaylie Moore, right, and Maddy Christo­pher cel­e­brate after Moore scored a goal against North Dorch­ester Tues­day, Oct. 11.

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