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Smith’s ‘hat trick’ leads MHS girls

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As Lancaster’s goalie dove for the ball in an attempt to block the shot, Middlesex’s Andri Rowe scored the first goal of Monday’s 4-1 win by the Lady Chargers. (Photo by Austen-Taylor Dozier)

The Middlesex High girls varsity soccer team is off to a 2-0 start with a 4-1 win over visiting Lancaster on Monday in its first home game at the new Syd Thrift Athletic Complex at MHS in Saluda.

The Lady Chargers were nervous going into their first home game on the new field, said head coach Eric Smith. “We were still pumped up from last week’s win but we knew we had to regroup and play our game.”  

“It was great seeing our girls play so well as a team,” said Coach Smith. “The passing, trapping, talking and controlling the ball is what I have been looking for. I could not be more proud of them.”  

As the second half started, Emilie Smith grabbed the ball from a great lead pass and planted it into the net, but it was called back on an offsides call. Soon after she received the ball back, Smith drove past a defender and planted her third goal in the net. It was her first “hat trick” as a varsity player at MHS.  

The Lady Charger soccer team is at Essex on Monday, March 30, at 6 p.m.; and at St. Margaret’s School in Tappahannock on Wednesday, April 1, at 6 p.m.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 03.25.2015

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