Staples girls soccer falls at Ludlowe
The Ludlowe girls soccer team mustered just one goal in its first five matches en route to a 1-3-1 start.
The Falcons haven’t stopped scored since.
Led by a pair of goals from senior Morgan Quinn, Ludlowe toppled Staples 4-2 on Tuesday afternoon at Taft Field. The win was the fourth straight for the Falcons (4-3-1), who avenged a 6-2 defeat the Wreckers on the same field a year ago.
Ludlowe coach Peter Nikac credits a new formation for the offensive output, which has included 14 goals in the team’s last three games.
“The start of the season wasn’t what we expected it to be; we had some tough matches against some wonderful teams,” Nikac said. “For them to get these goals; the confidence is coming up. We thought we would be able to score when we needed to and they proved that today.”
Ludlowe pounced on Staples early with two goals inside the first 10 minutes. The first came 4:37 into the match as Kaela Martin hit a cross that went off the glove of Staples goalie Anna Sivinski and into the net.
“I think the first goal is important for the game because it indicates how the game can go,” Quinn said. “Getting the first goal gets you fired up and makes you want to shoot more.”
The Wreckers pulled a goal back right before halftime as freshman Ashley Wright turned in a cross that was deflected. Ludlowe almost grabbed a 3-1 lead when a cross.
The Falcons didn’t hang their heads, though, and less than a minute later they got their goal. Quinn headed in a corner kick to provide the two-goal cushion.
The teams played out a mostly uneventful second half that featured plenty of fouls for tough challenges committed by both teams.
Lydia Shaw gave the Wreckers a glimmer of hope with the goal of the match from distance with five minutes left, but Quinn scored again right after the strike to give the Falcons all three points.
“I’m looking at the clock and thinking they have speed and power and very skillful players up front,” Nikac said of Staples late goal. “Our team really responded nicely.”
The most basic errors cost the Wreckers (5-3-1) dearly. Defensive lapses have been the root of each of their three defeats this season; the 21 goals in eight games allowed are more than they did in all of last season.
“It’s just free header after free header in the box,” Staples coach Barry Beattie said. “It seems we’re giving teams goals and getting punished for our mistakes. Ludlowe probably deserved to win the game even though we gifted them a few goals … I think they wanted it more.”
STAPLES 1 1—2
LUDLOWE 2 2—4
Records: Staples 5-3-1, Ludlowe 4-3-1.