Colonels complete sweep of the Eagles
Harris scores two goals, as Colonel maintains control from the get-go
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.
Colonel Richardson teammates Kaylie Moore, right, and Maddy Christopher celebrate after Moore scored a goal against North Dorchester Tuesday, Oct. 11.