Lady Royals Fall To Deep Run
By David Breidenbach, Correspondent
Jun 4, 2014, 09:39
Serena Triscari gets off this pass just before Jesse Hillis arrives for the block.
CHESTERFIELD—It took Deep Run, last year’s state champion, 11 minutes to net its first goal and about four more to get it’s second in the 15th minute of play as the Wildcats turned in a 5-0 performance in 5A South girls soccer quarterfinals against Prince George at Clover Hill High School Tuesday.
Senior forward Elizabeth Hall scored her first of three goals on the night as she picked up a through pass and buried the ball in the back of the net away from Justice Webb’s outstretched hands. Hall scored her second goal a few minutes later, one-touching a cross into the side netting from about eight yards out in the middle of the penalty box.
After she scored her second goal, Hall was pulled from play until the final five minutes of the game. When she came back it took her two minutes to find the net yet again, and the goal gave her a hat trick on the night.
The game was never really in question. Deep Run’s short passing game stood the test of Prince George’s hustling players and they were able to control the tempo of play. The Royals had few opportunities to attack the Wildcat’s defensive third, and never had a chance to do so with numbers. The few times they broke through, they had to contend with multiple defenders. Only Jo Jo Taylor was able to get a legitimate shot on goal, but even that shot was muted by a defender’s deflection.
Simron Richard pushed the score to 3-0 fielding a pass and turning it into a goal. She had misfired on a shot attempt earlier in the match that careened off the cross bar. Kaleigh Jaeger scored the fourth goal in the period on a header off a corner kick. The ball came in head high, and Jaeger was posted just inside the near post, she struck the ball with the side of her head and it wormed its way into the corner beyond Webb’s reach.
With a 4-0 lead, Deep Run put in its backup players and continued to have enough intensity to keep the Royals from mustering much offense. With the lead, the Wildcat coaches wanted to rest their starters’ legs and give the backups some well-earned playing time.
“We just wanted to make sure nothing got out of hand and that we protect our starters. We wanted to save our legs because we know they will get tired. Our backup players were more than able to maintain the level we wanted,” Deep Run coach Nicole Marks said.
In fact, the backups held serve through the first 47 minutes of the second half until Hall was inserted for the chance to net a hat trick. She did that rather quickly taking a breakaway and beating Webb one-on-one for an easy score.
Prince George played hard throughout the game and never gave up. Their hustle and willingness to enter the fray was apparent to all. But Coach Kendell Warren said they played a little too slowly to take advantage of any Wildcat weaknesses.
“We don’t play quick enough. We can make quicker decisions, play the ball quicker, make runs quicker, and make passes quicker,” Warren said.
Jo Jo Taylor settles a pass in front of an unknown Deep Run defender
Finishing the season at 13-3-1 wasn’t a fluke he said. The team came together especially after losing seven seniors from last year’s team. He believes the team has a solid nucleus for next year, with several key players returning and a few new comers who can round out the roster.
“I think we did well for a team that lost seven seniors. We lose a nice group this year, with (Courtney) Taylor, (Rochelle) Rawls, (Kaleigh) O’Keefe, (Mandi) Cummings, and Webb. We have a strong foundation especially in the midfield with Jo Jo (Taylor), (Amanda) Belcher, and the twins Abby and Alexis Harrell coming back. We also have some eighth graders we are very excited about who we think can come in and help right away,” Warren said.