Bull­dogs top Elk­ton

Cox, DeSi­mone score for North Caro­line

Times-Record - - FRONT PAGE - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com Fol­low Caro­line/ Dorch­ester Editor Dustin Holt on Twit­ter @Dustin_S­tarDem.

RIDGELY — North Caro­line High’s field hockey team earned its first win of the year with a 2-1 vic­tory Fri­day over Elk­ton.

The Bull­dogs scored early, then goalie Hay­den Smith (11 saves) stonewalled a se­ries of late flur­ries from the Elks to pre­serve the vic­tory.

RIDGELY — North Caro­line High’s field hockey team earned its first win of the year with a 2-1 vic­tory Fri­day over Elk­ton.

The Bull­dogs scored early, then goalie Hay­den Smith (11 saves) stonewalled a se­ries of late flur­ries from the Elks to pre­serve the vic­tory.

With un­der the 3 min­utes left in a 2-1 game, Elk­ton made a push to the front of the goalie. Five shots went on goal with Smith stop­ping all five. The NC de­fend­ers bat­tled for the loose ball, and fi­nally forced the Elks to send the ball out of play.

The Bull­dogs coun­tered with a run from Kam­ryn Dixon to switch fields. Caro­line kept the pres­sure in its of­fen­sive end for the rest of the game to pre­serve the vic­tory.

“Hay­den did a great job in goal,” North Caro­line head coach Kelly Dixon said. “When she played Kent Is­land, she did phe­nom­e­nal. She car­ried that per­for­mance into today. I could not ask for her to do a bet­ter job.”

The Bull­dogs (1-1) be­gan fast with of­fen­sive con­trol for much of the first 10 min­utes of the match. A loose ball found the stick of Chelsea Cox, and she scored for a 1-0 lead.

Smith kept Caro­line in front with con­sec­u­tive saves in the 15th minute.

North Caro­line re­gained pos­ses­sion and went back on the at­tack. Off a cor­ner, Kam­ryn Dixon passed to Vic­to­ria DeSi­mone, and she scored for a 2-0 Bull­dog lead in the 20th minute.

“Chelsea’s goal started the mo­men­tum for us,” Coach Dixon said. “You got to be hun­gry and get it in the goal. The girls did that today. They bat­tled to get pos­ses­sion, and it paid off.

“Vic­to­ria made a nice shot off the cor­ner,” Coach Dixon added. “That was big for us. The girls have re­ally been work­ing hard, and to get up 2-0 in the first half was a big boost. I’m happy they got re­warded for their hard work.”

Most pos­ses­sions in the sec­ond half stayed in the mid­dle of the field. When the of­fenses made a se­ri­ous charge, the de­fenses turned them aside.

Elk­ton gained mo­men­tum in the 45th minute, when Han­nah Moore scored to cut the lead in half to 2-1. Smith halted all re­main­ing threats from the Elks.

“It is a big win for us,” Coach Dixon said. “We had a tough loss to Kent Is­land, but the girls bounced back with a great ef­fort today. They didn’t hang their heads after that loss. This win is a good mo­rale builder.”

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

North Caro­line’s Chelsea Cox scored a goal in a 2-1 vic­tory over Elk­ton on Fri­day.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

North Caro­line’s Chelsea Cox scored a goal in a 2-1 vic­tory over Elk­ton on Fri­day.

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