Friday, November 30, 2001
C-C soccer division 1 U14 girls overtake Lincoln 4-2
On a crisp fall afternoon, the Concord-Carlisle soccer girls met a traditionally tough Lincoln team in probably the best game of the season. In the first half, Concord-Carlisle had several good chances to score, but were stopped by an alert Lincoln keeper. Despite the efforts of keeper Anna Parrott, Lincoln slipped two goals past momentary defensive lapses to go up 2-0 at the half.
However, the C-C girls didn't give up or reduce their intensity. In the second half, they executed their game plan superbly, sending the ball wide and upfield and drawing the excellent Lincoln sweeper off to one side. They combined aggressively going after the ball with quick forward passes to change the game's momentum.
C-C's first goal was from Tara Davidson on a penalty kick placed decisively in the right top corner. Tara had a great overall game, shifting from central defender to attacking midfielder when we needed more offense, and back to central defender when we were protecting the lead. Kathy Nyholm got a second goal playing right striker on a nice sprinting breakaway to tie the game at 2-2. A few minutes later, she scored the game-winner when she deflected a cross into the goal past the bewildered Lincoln keeper.
Lincoln refused to give up at this point and continued to mount strong attacks. Sara Franklin and Rachel MacNeil, though challenged by a particularly tall and fast Lincoln striker, were very successful in containing her attacks. Katherine Bailey as second-half keeper stopped everything that Lincoln had, by aggressively coming out to challenge strikers. Julie deJesus was also very quick to pounce on the Lincoln advance, stealing the ball and redirecting it to our forwards and midfielders. Offensive performances by Elise Lehotsky (fearless slide tackles) and Stevie Pearl helped to keep the ball in the Lincoln end of the field for most of the second half. Emily Cote and Marie Benkley also contributed by blunting the Lincoln attack and redirecting the ball back to our forwards, maintaining a continuous pressure on the Lincoln defense.
The icing on this cake was delivered by left forward Jamie Longo whose persistence and placement paid off with our fourth and final goal from about five yards in front of the net.
According to Coach Don Hawley, "It was a great team win where every single player contributed importantly and acted with class on and off the field. I was very proud of our team."
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