Cook, Colonials fend off Warriors
By DAVID BREIDENBACH, Correspondent
Mar 30, 2013, 12:41
COLONIAL HEIGHTS – Caitlyn Cook scored two goals and Jordan Caison slotted home the game-winner with mere minutes left to play to lead the Colonial Heights High School girls soccer team to a 3-2 win at home over Matoaca on Thursday.
Mia Heydet pushed a pass forward to Cook in the early going to set up the home team’s first goal. Cook fielded the ball and fired a shot to the far post to open the scoring. Matoaca’s Kara Hevener scored an equalizer 10 minutes later when she netted a ball that slithered past the Colonials’ defense. The score was tied 1-1 at the half.
Cook gave Colonial Heights another lead after about 10 minutes of second-half action. The Colonials pushed the ball into the penalty area, and Erin Page chipped it forward to set up the goal.
Colonial Heights freshman Alexis Paige (15) fights for position with Matoaca’s Alexis Carrasquillo (13) on Thursday (photo by David Breidenbach).
“Caitlyn is a special player. There’s a reason why she will be playing soccer in college next year,” said Colonial Heights assistant coach Travis Ponton. “She has been a special player for our team since she stepped on the field as a freshman.”
Matoaca mustered another game-tying goal with 14 minutes left to play. Hevener found room to operate down the right sideline and turned from goal scorer to provider by sending a low cross to a waiting Katy Wildeus.
Wildeus scored from about eight yards out, and the game seemed destined to end as a draw. The Colonials, however, refused to settle for that result.
They put the pressure on in the final 15 minutes and generated several goal-scoring chances, including one in which Heydet’s throw-in down the right sideline found Cook’s feet and sent her on a run deep into the box.
It appeared as if she had a chance to complete her hat trick, but at the last minute she spotted Caison breaking free on the left side. Cook’s cross had plenty of pace, but Caison struggled to get a foot on the ball and her attempt careened out of bounds.
“I would hate to be the one to shoot the ball when I have a player wide open,” Cook said about passing on her chance at a third goal. “We’re definitely getting better as a team. We’re putting passes together. We played well, especially in the last few minutes tonight. If we played that hard all game we wouldn’t have any problems.”
Moments after that miss, however, Caison atoned.
The decisive play started when Matoaca’s goalkeeper, Maddie Campbell, rocketed a punt to midfield that Colonial Heights freshman Macy Tereschenko managed to get a head on.
The ball bounced back onto the Matoaca side of the field and was collected by Heydet, who drove into the box. Heydet’s shot to the lower left corner was pushed wide by Campbell, but Caison was lurking on the doorstep and popped the ball in for the game-winner with less than two minutes to play.
Matoaca had one last chance to score on a corner kick, but the Colonials cleared the ball and the whistle blew to end the game.