Heydet, Colonials throttle Warriors
By JACOB VAUGHAN, Sports Editor
May 2, 2013, 12:52
CHESTERFIELD – Sporadic rain showers fell throughout the Central District girls soccer game between Matoaca and Colonial Heights on Tuesday. The light drizzle intensified moments after the opening kickoff, then subsided before beginning anew in the second half.
The visiting Colonials precipitated offense at a much more consistent rate.
Ignited by a goal and assist from junior Mia Heydet, Colonial Heights cruised to a 3-0 victory in Chesterfield. With the win, the Colonials completed a season sweep of the Warriors and cushioned their status as the district’s No. 3 seed.
Matoaca senior Kemiyah Faulkner (15) shields the ball from Colonial Heights junior Mia Heydet (12), who scored one goal and assisted another in a 3-0 road victory on Tuesday in Chesterfield (photo by David Breidenbach).
The visitors held a 14-6 edge in shots taken, forced eight saves from Matoaca goalkeeper Maddie Campbell and racked up eight corner kicks in what veteran coach Mark Lee said was a breakout offensive performance.
“We played very well,” Lee said. “We’ve talked all season about doing better in the offensive third, and I think tonight we finally put that together.”
Heydet laid the foundation for the opening goal after 11 minutes of even-keeled action.
She wrong-footed her defender with a nifty turn near the midfield stripe, embarked on a 30-yard run towards goal and delivered an outside-of-the-foot pass to Caitlyn Cook on the right side of the 18-yard box.
Cook curled a first-time shot inside the far post to give the Colonials a 1-0 lead.
“She’s an excellent ballplayer,” Lee said of Heydet. “Her, Caitlyn Cook and Erin Page control the game exceptionally well, with the help of Alexis Page, Miranda [Hubert] and Jordan [Caison] up top.”
Provider turned goal scorer with six minutes remaining in the first half.
Allowed to operate freely on the right flank, Colonial Heights midfielder Erin Page delivered an inch-perfect cross that found a wide-open Heydet near the penalty spot. Heydet finished the chance with authority, lashing a right-footed shot into the roof of the net to double the Colonials’ lead.
“We had some great through balls that we capitalized on and took some good shots,” Lee said. “That was the difference.”
But while the Colonials seemed to have a stranglehold on the match at the halftime whistle, they appeared to be hanging on at times in the second half. Held without a shot on goal for the first 40 minutes, the Warriors mustered three in the second stanza.
Still, the Colonials claimed the only goal of the second half. It came against the run of play in the 64th minute.
Moments after Matoaca junior Jenny Burdick’s hard-hit shot coaxed a save from Colonial Heights goalkeeper Alli Pryor, Caison unleashed an unassisted shot from the top of the 18-yard box that flew into the top left corner to provide the final margin.
Colonial Heights improved to 8-3 on the season and 5-3 in district play. Matoaca, which held a senior night ceremony in the moments preceding the water-logged matchup, fell to 4-8 (4-5).
Hamstrung by injuries, the Colonials dressed just 12 players – enough for one substitute – and made only two substitutions in the second half.
“We’ve had a lot of injuries,” Lee said. “And several girls just decided not to play all of a sudden. That really hurt us, too. If we had the team we started with this season, we’d be a whole lot better.”