Friday, April 9, 1999
Girls under-14 soccer opens season
The Concord-Carlisle Patriots, with only eleven players, opened their spring season in the GU14 Division 1 on a cold, rainy April 3 in Woburn. From the start of the game, it was clear that the sixteen Woburn teammates were out to establish themselves among the leaders of the division, as they scored four goals in the first fourteen minutes. Patriot defenders Becca Cole, Dana Tsakos, Kylie Duff and Ellen Berndtson then stiffened their resolve and held Woburn scoreless for the rest of the period.
The Patriots regrouped at half time and kept the play in the Woburn end more of the time. The pressure paid off when Whitney Sharp, playing injured, made a beautiful crossing pass; to Caitlin Fay, who forwarded the ball to Kim Bauer, who kicked a shot at the twelve-minute mark. Three minutes later, after a good throwing by Duff, Bauer came out of a pack of Woburn players with the ball and scored her second goal inside the far right post. Woburn, sensing a shift in momentum, then rallied for two more goals in the closing minutes of play.
Despite several injuries and being outnumbered, eleven Patriots played valiantly throughout the game. Patriot keepers Emily Rolando (four saves in the first half) and Becca Perry (seven saves in the second half) each made several good stops to keep their team in the game.
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