Seahawks rout NHS; fall in overtime to Aylett
|Emilie Smith (center) drives the ball past a Northumberland (left) defender for the St. Clare Walker Seahawks as teammate Clayton Chandler (right)looks on. The Seahawks defeated Northumberland 10-1 and lost to Aylett 5-4 in overtime in recent action. See game details in next week’s Sentinel.|
The St. Clare Walker Seahawks lost 4-3 in double overtime against an aggressive Aylett Country Day School team on October 1. Every minute of this game was intense on both ends of the field with great offense and defense from both teams.
The Seahawks defense was lead in the first half by Dale Johnson at center midfield and Logan Hallinger at goalie.
Aylett’s offense used some textbook passing and connected very well.
The Seahawks offense was lead by Emilie Smith with two goals in the first half. Her first goal came from a cross from Alex Fitchett, which she drove in the right side of the net. Smith’s second goal was the result of a precision pass from Wayne Taylor to the right side of the box about 20 yards out. She collected it a drove a rocket shot which skimmed the right post and landed in the back of the goal.
The teams were tied 2-2 at the half. “We made some adjustments for the second half, which became a defensive battle with very few shots on goal.,” said Seahawks coach Eric Smith.
About 15 minutes in the second half, Smith sent a well placed assist to Alex Fitchett, who received it and put the Seahawks ahead with a great shot to the net.
The game was tied 3-3 at the end of regulation. Both teams were playing very even soccer and the first overtime ended still tied at 3-3.
With a minute left in the second overtime, Aylett delivered a fourth goal for the win. “I want to congratulate Aylett’s players and their coach for the win and a great game played,” said Coach Smith.
“I’m very proud of my players for not giving up at any point of the game,” said Smith. “I tell my kids constantly that the score doesn’t matter to me as long as we play well.
“My definition of a loss is when you play bad and you are defeated by a lesser talented team. When you play well but end up with a less score, well that means you were beaten by a better team that day,” said Smith. “There was no losing team in this game. We will take this defeat and use it as a learning tool for the rest of the season.”
St. Clare Walker defeated Northumberland 10-1 on October 3.
Seahawks lost three starters due to injuries, including Dale Johnson who is out for the season due to a knee injury from the Aylett game.
“I was very anxious to see how we would bounce back from all of the adversity and this game proved it all,” said Smith. “Every player on the team wanted this game and they showed how they could play. Our defense was a wall all day long and we controlled the possession of the ball most of the game.”
Jack Ruark, Sam Snow, Kenneth Beam, Darius Washington and Elijah Fomin controlled the defensive end of the field. Wayne Taylor and Kaitlyn Fomin controlled the midfield. “Our offense sent shot after shot and the passing for assists were pin point on,” said Smith.
The first time Alex Fitchett touched the ball he drove down and planted a great shot in the right side of the net. SCW reset and the ball went back to Fitchett again and he drilled another shot deep in the back of the net.
Fitchett gave a great cross across the goal where Clayton Chandler was there for a great one touch into the goal for his first goal of the season. Emilie Smith returned a great 1-2 pass to a wide open Wayne Taylor and he drove to the goal and faked the goalie with a great shove into the right side of the goal.
Just before half, Emilie Smith did it again by feeding Fitchett a great through ball which he controlled and planted in the net for his third goal of the game and his second “hat trick” of the season.
During the first half Northumberland attacked the MHS goal but Logan Hallinger again knocked down and stopped every shot. The Seahawks went into halftime with a 5-0 lead.
Emilie Smith came out in the second half still wanting the ball and soon capitalized from an perfectly placed corner from Jack Ruark to the six-yard mark. “She ran in and scored with an awesome header into the upper 90 of the goal,” said Coach Smith. “Any goal from a corner is well deserved but headers are truly the hardest to perform.”
Soon after that, Northumberland kicked a goal kick that Emilie Smith knocked down at the top of the box. She made a few steps and planted it into the right side of the goal. The Northumberland goalie tried to recover from the goal kick but the shot was too fast and on target.
During the second half, Northumberland sent some great shots on goal but Seahawks goalie Sarah Walton played her position very well and returned shot after shot.
SCW’s Hunter Collier got the ball and dribbled through a couple players then pushed a great pass to Wayne Taylor, who drilled a shot to the left corner for his second goal of the game. On a goal kick, coach Smith sent Clayton Chandler back in and he trapped the kick and delivered a perfect lob shot back over the goalie for his second goal of the game and season. “Clayton was having the game of his life and he didn’t stop there, he sent a pass to the middle to Jack Ruark and he sent the tenth and final goal in the back of the net.
“Our kids stepped up and played as a team and played to the skill level that we are,” said Coach Smith. “Passing, talking, and controlling the ball is the key to any soccer game and they performed it flawlessly. Every player on this team played key parts in this victory.”