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Girls soccer team shuts out Lackey

By TAMMY SHOWALTER

Staff writer

If you missed the start of Wednesday’s girls soccer game at Chopticon High School with the Braves taking on the visiting Lackey Chargers, you had a good reason.

The girls were moved to the upper field at Chopticon instead of playing on the stadium field. The change in fields did not seem to matter much to the Braves as they posted to their second win of the season in a 7-0 shutout.

It was also the Braves’ second win in less than a week. They knocked off Great Mills, 2-0, last Friday.

Chopticon (2-5, 2-5 SMAC) was determined to get the first touches and it maintained possession long enough to fire off 24 shots on goal toward Lackey junior goalie and team captain Alexis Vinson, 17 of which Vinson saved.

Chopticon, sporting breast cancer awareness socks, scored six of the goals in the opening half after having only put up four tallies this season before Wednesday’s contest, which was a rescheduled game from a Sept. 6 postponement.

The Braves were at McDonough on Thursday evening, which ended too late for inclusion into this edition, and will have games against Patuxent and Westlake at 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, respectively. The Monday game is a rescheduled contest from a Sept. 28 postponement.

Chopticon head coach Brian Breckenridge said that after his team scored against Leonardtown a 4-1 Raiders win on Sept. 11 the team felt a boost of confidence, but they have been battling with communication and the mental aspects of team play that should be formulated by this time in the season.

“We’ve been able to apply these things in practice, we’re just not bringing it into the games,” Breckenridge said. “We’ve dealt with attitudes as well and we’re just not at the point I thought we would be at this point.”

Senior Jensyn Carrico got the scoring going for the Braves early in the first half.

Junior Kala Herbert set up the next goal for Chopticon as she outran Lackey’s Zoe Stokes. Herbert passed the ball over to Carrico, who scored her second goal of the night on the cross.

Senior Kelsey Cenate, who scored on a corner kick in the first half, said the year has been somewhat of a struggle, but the team is looking forward to the rest of the season.

“There have definitely been teams that we could have beaten,” Cenate said, “like Northern, we should have won that game. We just need to communicate and talk more when we’re out there.”

The Braves had a little luck go their way when a ball was kneed in by a group of teammates on a corner kick.

Lackey, already down in numbers and with only two seniors, played a man down for nearly 15 minutes in the second half when freshman midfielder Lauren Herbert took a hard ball to the face and needed to sit out.

“We’ve been working on our defense and defensive marking up,” Lackey head coach Ralph Patterson said, “and trapping the ball and playing easy, simplified ball. Mostly we’ve been working on defense this year. I do see some improvements in their game.”

The Chargers (0-10, 0-10) are still working on putting of all the components together to finish the games.

Lackey will host North Point at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

tshowalter@somdnews.com