Seven days, five games. It’s not an easy task for any soccer club, but the Lady Indians proved triumphant, even under pressure, tallying four wins — including three shutouts — in the last week to tighten their grip on the conference. From the young forward line to the solid upper classmen establishing themselves on defense, every one of the Lady Indians is proven that Indian River is a force to be reckoned with this season.
Imposing 7-0 and 9-0 wins over Sussex Tech and Red Lion Christian Academy, respectively, and a 3-1 trounce over Mount Pleasant, helped record some more checks in the win column last week for IR, while their sole loss of the season, so far, came last Thursday against undefeated Caesar Rodney, with a final of 0-4. The ladies turned it around, though, finishing the run of games with a 7-0 shutout this past Tuesday, hosting Seaford. The score holds as a potent reminder of the ferocity the Lady Indians brought to the pitch Tuesday night, as they nailed the uprights a total of seven times for a number of close calls.
Freshman midfielder Miranda Warrington started the night off, drilling the ball to the back of the Seaford net within the first five minutes of the game. Junior forward Courtney Lake followed up with a goal of her own in the 23rd minute. Not even three minutes later, Morgan Warrington added another. Kaitlin Forte marked two goals and Marlena Schleifer and Sarah Purdum each added one before the final whistle sounded.
Midfield and defense kept the ball on the favorable half of the field for IR, as senior goalkeeper Taylor Mushrush didn’t register a single touch on the ball in her 71 minutes between the posts.
Head coach Steve Kilby commended the dominant midfield and defense, cemented by the upperclassmen on the team. “When you look at our senior mids, Michelle Giorgilli and Marlena Schleifer,” he said, “they’ve done an outstanding job winning the ball before it gets into our defensive third. Then you have Erin Kortvelesy and Jenna McKone, our outside backs. No team is able to penetrate with them storming the flanks. Any ball that’s served in, Sarah Purdum cleans it up. She has really good vision on the field.” Purdum’s decisiveness and well-played ball led to Forte’s first score late in the first half.
Freshman Michaella Evans has wasted no time fitting right in with her niche at defense.
“Our defense is a brick wall,” she said with a grin. “It’s all about communication. We work with each other and we have great speed back there.”
“Our defense is really aggressive,” added Forte. “They’re not afraid to step it up, and that helps a lot. They do a great job supporting the front line.”
The back-to-back games hardly posed a hindrance for IR, as early training in the season prepped the team for the stint of matches. “We had a month of preseason with no games,” said Kilby, “and we put a lot of fitness into that month. I think that’s paying dividends for us now. When we do train between games, it’s got to be light. We’ll play back to back, sometimes barely getting a break, but these girls put everything they have into the games.”
The sudden turnarounds are surprisingly not too taxing on the girls, who use the impetus to their advantage. “It’s intense sometimes,” said Forte, “but we get right back in the swing of things once the whistle starts.”
“It’s all about being an athlete and being committed to the sport,” Evans added. “We all know CR is good. They pull a lot of talented players upstate. We know we have to play our best against them, and I think we held our own against them, for the most part. Games like this one [against Seaford], though, really get our momentum back up.”
Kilby was satisfied with the recent victories, but has his eyes fixed on the next task, as he prepared his girls for Woodbridge on Thursday, April 24 (after Coastal Point press deadline). The Lady Indians will return back to their home field at the old high school on Tuesday, April 29 to host Delmar at 7 p.m. Delmar’s only loss of the season as of Wednesday has been to Dover, who lost to the Lady Indians 4-1 at the start of the season.
“It’s always good to win,” said Kilby, not wanting the shutout streak to get into the girls’ heads. “The more wins we get, the better our seeding in the tournament, and we definitely want to get the best draw we can.”
Keeping on track, he remains focus and congratulates his team as they hone in on the last three weeks of the season. “Again, talking about not letting the ball through, you look at the effort of those center mids, and our outside backs. They’re all just doing a great job. These girls are playing great.”
Charity Golf Classic to benefit Beebe facility
The Bear Trap Dunes Homeowners Association has set their 2nd Annual Charity Golf Classic, “Tee Up For Beebe,” for Saturday, April 26, at their Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club. This year, the Classic will benefit the Beebe South Central Health Center, being built on Atlantic Avenue in Clarksville.
The Classic is open to the public with an entrance fee of $100 per golfer or $400 for a foursome. The format will be an elimination scramble and tee times are available between 10 am and 1 pm. The event is limited to 22 foursomes.
The day will include a round of golf on the Bear Trap Dunes course, beverage tickets, heavy hors d’oeuvres at the clubhouse and a happy-hour cash bar awards ceremony. Non-golfers are being invited to attend the happy-hour festivities for $25. Entertainment will be provided.
This year, participants will have the opportunity to win a 2008 Starcraft Limited Low Pro OB Speedboat with trailer for a designated hole-in-one. Cash prizes will be awarded for the male and female golfer who makes the longest drive and gets closest to the pin. There will also be a putting contest, a 50/50, a raffle and silent auction. As always, Mulligans can be purchased prior to tee time.
Co-chairman Maureen Hurst said, “Our goal is to make this Classic bigger and better than ever. We are excited to be supporting this new Beebe medical facility.”
Hole sponsorships are available for $500; with the name prominently displayed. Co-sponsorships cost $250 and contributors pay $100. All sponsors’ names will be displayed on the golf course and inside the clubhouse. Every participant will receive a coupon for a free custom-fitted EC2 Hybrid golf club. Reservations can be made by calling the Bear Trap Dunes clubhouse at (302) 537-5600, ext 1.