Captains unleash an unstoppable flurry of goals, scoring 11 against Monarchs
Inspired by Family Weekend, the Captains offense racked up 11 goals against visiting Methodist University. The goals came early and came often, with #17 Sydney Rife starting the scoring less than seven minutes into the contest, converting on a second chance opportunity off corner kick.
#8 Emily Talotta notched her first of her two on the afternoon with a clever move to slide past a defender before deftly curling her shot beyond the outstretched arm of #1 Maggie Hunt of Methodist. Fourteen minutes later, after knocking a header of the cross bar, #19 Riley Cook received a well timed through ball from #5 Keiley McCarthy to earn a one-on-one with Hunt. Cook made good on her chance, slotting her shot into the side netting by the far post to give the Captains their third goal. Continuing with the strong pressure that had been applied, #31 Ryanne Davidson scored just 40 seconds later off a free kick taken by #35 Lulu Manley. Manley crossed the ball in which was found by McCarthy beyond the far post who promptly sent it back across via her head before it was found by Davidson.
It only took 40 more seconds before #3 Carson Pokorny pushed the lead to five. Pokorny was found in the middle of the box by #18 Sarah Rhiel on the left wing. After a pair of shots by #10 Maddie Cochran that were saved by Hunt, #18 Sarah Rhiel put a one timer into the back of the net with a nice half volley after the ball bounced inside the eighteen yard box. The Captains closed out the first half with a 6 – 0 lead, each goal stemming from a different player.
The second half started with both teams making goalkeeper alterations. #37 Maddy Belanger came into the match in place of #00 Haley Eiser, who had not faced a single shot during the first 45 minutes. #0 Mary Newman came in for Methodist University who in her previous 88 minutes had yet to give up a goal.
The Captains only needed six and a half minutes to score as Talotta slotted a pass straight to Cook. Newman was only able to make one save on the ensuing five shots as the Captains kept peppering the defense. Talotta scored another as she was stationed near the edge of the box to collect trash when the ball bounced her way and she blistered a shot into the top netting. After being thwarted thrice already by the combined efforts of Hunt and Newman, Cochran was finally able to add a goal, her first of the season. Four minutes elapsed before Rhiel scored her second with just over 15 minutes remaining. She received the ball not far from where she netted her first and this time decided to advance forward, forcing a one on one with Newman and with a cool finish, scored the penultimate goal of the game.
Just when it seemed like the game was over and the Captains were done, #22 Hailey Shaw picked her head up and found Cochran making another run through the back line. Receiving the ball just outside the 18 yard box, she made her way around Newman and passed the ball into the net for her second goal. Two minutes later, the final whistle blew on the Captains dominant offensive display, just one goal shy of matching their season total leading up to the game.
~Austin Urch, Staff Writer~