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Lady Charger soccer team improves to 8-5

Members of the 2015 Middlesex High School varsity girls soccer team include, front row from left, Ashton Carter, Alexis Morgan, Hannah Marx, Andri Rowe, Kiera Peters, Gabby Taylor, Emilie Smith, Olivia Pearson, Tyra Mundin and Anjela Fomin; back row, assistant coach Clayton Hogge, Meghan Shores, Shannon Brown, Jillian Solomon, Jasmine Faucett, Marry Kiku, Tashya Morris, Julianna Solomon, Haley Revere, and head coach Eric Smith. Not pictured is Luana DaSilva. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

The following article was inadvertently left out of the May 21 issue of the Southside Sentinel.

The Middlesex High girls varsity soccer team (8-5) split a pair of recent matches, winning 5-1 over Essex but losing 5-1 to King William.

Middlesex controlled the midfield early against Essex, which attempted long shots on goal but Lady Charger goalie Gabby Taylor was on her game and repeatedly shut them down.

Around 20 minutes into the game Lady Charger Anjela Fomin one-touched a through ball to Emilie Smith, who drove the ball down the field and made a great lob shot over the goalie to the upper left corner. 

A few minutes later E. Smith stole the ball and drove the left side and made a 25-yard lob shot over the goalie for her second goal.

MHS goalie Taylor had to face another penalty kick and she played it perfectly. “She read the shot and launched herself to the left to block it and save the goal,” said MHS coach Eric Smith. “It really was a great dive and save.”

Just before the half, Essex got on the board from a nice cross and tap in to cut the Middlesex lead to 2-1.

The second half started with more intensity. With 25 minutes left, Middlesex got a free kick. Olivia Pearson made the kick and placed it perfectly over the defense to a running E. Smith who half volleyed the ball into the right side of the net for the score.

The duo was not finished. Two minutes later Pearson fed E. Smith, who drove left and scored her fourth goal of the game. 

From this point Lady Chargers Ashton Carter and Luana DeSilva took over the shooting roles and placed multiple shots at the goal.

Andri Rowe, Meghan Shores, Marry Kiku, and Hannah Marx played very well in defense. “All of our subs played a very important part of this game by filling in and playing very well,” said Coach Smith. 

Taylor had 16 saves in goal; E. Smith had 4 goals; Pearson had 2 assists; and Fomin had 1 assist.

King William 5, MHS 1
King William is a very well balanced team with a lot of skill, said Coach Smith. Middlesex was relegated to defense because the Lady Cavaliers kept the ball in Middlesex’s defensive end most of the match. “They put shot after shot on goal and our goalie Gabby Taylor was playing well,” said Coach Smith.

King William led 2-0 at the half.

A collision at the net sent MHS goalie Gabby Taylor to the sidelines. Jasmine Faucett replaced Taylor in goal and “she played to her potential,” said Coach Smith. 

Late in the game Pearson had a throw-in for MHS and it was headed up in the air in the box. E. Smith battled for the spot and placed a great header by the goalie. “It was important for us to get on the board to give the girls some sense of accomplishment for a hard-fought game,” said Coach Smith.

Coach Smith noted that a few starting girls are out with injuries and its nice to see the bench step up and fill in the spots very well. “Regardless of the score and standings so far this season, we are very excited to have done what we have done,” he said.

posted 05.22.2015

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