Two goals scored in less than four minutes from the opening whistle set the tone for the Calvert girls soccer team on Thursday evening as it hosted Leonardtown.
Senior captains Annie Sullivan and Megen Jackson both scored on Leonardtown freshman goalie Taylor Hall en route to the 4-0 victory. Hall replaced junior goalkeeper Jenna Hall after she broke her leg in a 2-1 overtime loss to North Point on Sept. 7.
The crowd in the stadium at Calvert went wild as Sullivan drilled a shot into the right side of the open net just 1 minute 38 seconds into the game. Jackson followed just over two minutes later as Hall got her hands on the ball but couldn’t hold on.
“It was intense and I think once we scored, we knew we had a good chance of winning,” Sullivan said. “It settled us down.”
Jackson, overwhelmed with emotion, said she is so proud of her team.
“From being a freshman sitting on the bench and watching the team and developing into here and now just means so much and not just to beat them, but to have a shutout,” Jackson said. “To have the team play so much better than I’ve ever seen them play. If someone made a mistake, everyone busted their butt to make up for it and then there was always someone there. I’m unbelievably proud of my team.”
Calvert head coach Dawn Lister said the win means a lot to the team.
“These three young ladies right here [Sullivan, Jackson and goalkeeper Rachel King] started with me when I started coaching four years ago here at Calvert and we’ve been working for this,” Lister said. “It’s been coming, we’ve been working and everything we’ve worked for came to fruition on the field tonight. All their hard work and dedication, these ladies deserve it.”
Lister said their game of possession is what is getting them this far and that they will still be working hard as the team hosts Huntingtown on Friday, another “big” game, according to Lister.
Calvert (6-0-1, 6-0-1 SMAC) took the 2-0 lead at halftime. Leonardtown head coach Jennifer Henderson said her team came out flat and the hosts took advantage of that.
“At halftime, we talked about keeping our defense compact and keeping possession of the ball,” said Henderson as her team fell to 3-2, 2-2. “We tried to play with better composure and intensity the second half. Even though Calvert scored two more goals in the second half, I was much happier with our team's effort and passing in the second half.”
The first of the two second-half goals came from junior captain Brooke Bailey, who dominated the midfield all night, as she received a pass from sophomore Hailey Williams.
Bailey said she played a different position than she normally plays and that helped.
“I was there to help [on the play],” she said. “I was going to go left-foot, left-post, but I wasn’t able to, but I got it to the right side. We just worked so hard in practice to make this game one of the most important and to get us ready for Huntingtown.”
Jackson scored her second goal of the night late in the contest to extend the lead to 4-0, the eventual final score.
King had eight saves in the contest to pick up the shutout.
“You always want to be ready for whatever is coming at you, but the defense did a great job today,” King said. “Our defense held really strong and didn’t let them take a shot off.”
Calvert 1, Northern 1 (2 OT)
Jackson scored off an assist from Williams to help Calvert (6-0-1, 6-0-1) tie visiting Northern on Sept. 20. Jackson’s tally came in the first half, but Northern (2-4-1, 2-3-1) scored the equalizer on a second half goal by Olivia Reilly. King had 12 saves.
Calvert 18, Lackey 0
The Cavaliers had 12 different goal scorers in a romp over the host Chargers on Sept. 24.
Jackson led the team with four goals, while Sophia Lautieri, Melanie Lippert, Alli Higgs and Brittany Turner each had two.
Sullivan, Williams, Tyler Graves, Hannah Aris, Brianna Hite and Bailey all scored once. Williams also had a team-high five assists, while Bailey and Lippert each had three. Turner, Hite, Aris and Sullivan each had two. King (2 saves) and Katie Wilding (1 saves) shared the shutout in goal.
Calvert was at Chopticon on Tuesday night, a contest that finished too late for inclusion into this edition, and will host Huntingtown at 6 p.m. Friday. Leonardtown hosted Huntingtown on Tuesday night, which also finished too late for inclusion into this edition, and will travel to La Plata for a contest at 6 p.m. Friday.