Webutuck girls varsity soccer loses to Dover, then Millbrook
WEBUTUCK — In spite of their best efforts on the field, the athletes on the Webutuck girls varsity soccer team found themselves bested by Dover on Tuesday, Sept. 14, and then by Millbrook on Thursday, Sept. 16.
Competing under the lights on the Dover High School soccer field, the Lady Warriors faced off against the Dover Dragons at 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday night.
Webutuck Coach Mark Moren said the Warriors led most of the game with a score of 1-0, then gave up two goals late in the second half. Olivia Farnham scored Webutuck’s only goal, while Emily Thompson had a great game, making 11 saves — some of which Moren said were “amazing.”
Though Webutuck lost 1-2 to Dover, Moren remarked, “The girls played a great second game of the season and stepped it up from the first game. Each game this team [plays] should and will improve.”
Later in the week, the Lady Warriors competed against the Millbrook Blazers in a home game behind Webutuck High School on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 16. The skies above the field appeared ominous with dark clouds overhead and the onset of cooler weather, yet no change in weather or direction could compel the players on either team to take their eyes off the ball.
Kicking off at 4:15 p.m., the players moved in clusters of Webutuck green and Millbrook white as they ran to keep up with the ball and stay ahead of their opponents. All calls made between the players were encouraging as they good-naturedly stirred each other to keep moving and keep alert; all calls coming from the coaches reminded the athletes to remain focused and remember their training.
Millbrook scored three goals in the first half. Hannah Ross scored her own goal for Millbrook and was assisted by Samantha Morais in scoring another. Angelo Molino scored Millbrook’s third goal with an assist by Sadie Krueger.
The game paused several times in the last few minutes as the ball kept going outside the lines. The players readjusted their tactics, ready to jump into action once the ball was launched back onto the field. Through fierce footwork, the girls battled for the ball with their opponents, kicking it to their teammates and running to catch up with them in case they needed assistance.
Hudson Heitmann and Kaleigh Tompkins each scored a goal for Millbrook in the second half.
Acting as keeper for the Warriors, Emily Thompson made 12 saves while Blazers’ keeper Ella Wilson made two saves.
By the end of the game, Millbrook took home the win, 5-0, over Webutuck.