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Girls soccer refocuses, rolls over Stone

By MICHAEL REID

Staff writer

After its first loss of the season last Friday against Huntingtown, Calvert head coach Dawn Lister gave her team a choice.

“We told them in the huddle after the game, ‘You can either let this be the end of our season because we get so discouraged,” she said, “or come back out and let it be the start of our run through playoffs.”

The Cavaliers chose the second option and took a step in that direction with a convincing 7-0 road win over the shorthanded Cougars on Tuesday.

The Cavaliers (8-1-1, 8-1-1 SMAC) fell to the county rival Hurricanes 1-0 on a late goal but returned to the win column in a big way following their seven-goal outburst against the Cougars (3-5, 3-5).

“The girls possessed well tonight on a not-so-great pitch and we’re proud of them,” Lister said. “They came out and played some really good [soccer].”

Sophia Lautieri scored twice within a four-minute span midway through the first half for all the offense the Cavaliers would need.

“It was really important [to bounce back tonight] because we knew we tried really hard [against Huntingtown] but we had to forget about the past and play in the present and we did,” Lautieri said. “And we’re ready for our next games.”

Hayley Williams also scored twice and Bri Hite, Brooke Bailey and Annie Sullivan also scored for Calvert, which poured in four goals over the final 40 minutes.

Katie Wilding made eight saves in the second half and starter Rachel King stopped three shots over the opening 40 minutes to share the shutout. The shutout was the team’s sixth of the season.

“We have good chemistry back on our defense line,” Calvert defender Debbie Gibson. “I think we’re doing really awesome this season.”

Lautieri said there was no hesitation about which option Calvert would take.

“We came off the field and our coach asked us if we wanted to end our season there with a loss or begin again and win every one,” she said. “A SMAC championship is less important than a state championship.”

“It was one [goal] and it was at the end of the game and we’re not dwelling on that,” Lister said of her Cavaliers moving on.

Stone was short four players -- Brandi Conley and Jade Green (red cards), Jurnee Thomas (illness) and another player who quit the team -- and had just four reserves on its bench. Conley and Green were forced to watch from the sidelines after receiving red cards in Stone’s 2-1 overtime loss to Patuxent last Thursday.

“We’ve played with all the best teams in the league though today was a bit different outcome because we didn’t have our full squad out on the field like we normally have,” Stone head coach Andrew Prozik said. “It’s not an excuse ever, we just have to make sure when we put people in they can fill the shoes because that can happen anytime. We played well, I think the score was worse [than it seemed].”

The Cougars’ losing skid is now at three games and the loss to Calvert solidified a Calvert County sweep against the Cougars.

Yet Stone had not been blown out before Tuesday’s game. Its biggest goal differential in a loss was two when it fell 2-0 to Leonardtown. Stone is 0-4 in one-goal games.

We put out a good effort,” Prozik said. “We were a little bit unlucky on a few of [the goals], but I was proud of their effort. We have the next three games and then playoffs so we have a lot of work to do. I think we’re going to be a team that people can’t walk right through us. We’re going to come out and play and try and give them a game.”

Stone is at Great Mills tonight, while Calvert is at Patuxent. Both games begin at 6 p.m.

mreid@somdnews.com