Beam’s last-minute score sends Lady Indians past Tech, 3-2
Heading into their matchup against Sussex Tech last Thursday, May 1, the Indian River High School girls’ soccer team was on a seven-game shutout streak, during which they had collectively outscored their opponents by an astounding 44-0 margin.
While that streak may have ended against the previously 7-2 Lady Ravens, the Lady Indians returned the favor by ending a streak of their own — snapping Tech’s three-year win streak over Indian River in girls’ soccer with a 3-2 victory and a dramatic finish.
“You would have thought we’d a won the World Cup,” said head coach Steve Kilby of his team’s reaction to the win. “Tech has handled us the last three years, and this group of seniors really wanted to have a win against them. For it to be such a dramatic game ending was pretty exciting.”
Sussex Tech junior forward Michelle Laz struck first to put the Lady Ravens up 1-0 in the 21st minute, but Indian River sophomore forward Brooke Beam evened the score at 1-1 just two minutes later on an unassisted score.
“Their first goal was a real nice goal. Michelle Laz made a run out of midfield, and they played her in,” Kilby said, commending their opponents on the impressive score. “She did a one-time and then struck the ball. Alex [Myers] got a hand on it, but it was just too much.”
The Lady Indians would lead 2-1 at the half, after a goal by junior midfielder Bri Belfiore off the assist from fellow junior midfielder Maria Papavasillis. The Lady Ravens wouldn’t score again until the 74th minute, when Tech sophomore midfielder Sheyla Artiga knocked in a rebound off a corner kick.
Tied at 2-2, it was none other than Beam who took it upon herself and manufactured her second unassisted goal of the game, putting her squad up 3-2 in the game’s 80th minute.
“Brooke received the ball on the edge of the 18, cut back, beat two players and then just drove a screamer into the net,” Kilby described of Beam’s game-winning goal. “It was a good game. I think it was fairly evenly played.”
“I’m a little disappointed that the shutout streak ended, but a win’s a win,” senior goalkeeper Alex Myers said to put it in perspective. “I’m pretty proud of our team and everything that we’ve done.”
Myers and the rest of her teammates realize that, ultimately, streaks won’t affect the team’s ultimate goal of winning a state championship, but it wasn’t long before a potentially new shutout streak began, after a 7-0 win against Delmarva Christian Academy on Saturday, May 3.
Beam got the scoring started in that matchup, on what was the team’s senior day, scoring her 21st goal on the season in the 21st minute, to put the Lady Indians on top 1-0.
Freshman forward Madi Hogsten added back-to-back goals off assists from junior defender Sarah Buchler and senior forward Ashleigh White, to give her squad a 3-0 lead at the half.
Hogsten would add her third goal of the game off the assist from Belfiore, who notched two goals of her own in the same half — one unassisted and the other off the assist from sophomore midfielder Ailene Guzman.
With Brooke Beam watching the second half from the bench, her sister Amanda Beam tacked on the game’s final score on an assist from freshman midfielder Natalie Herrea.
“I was just standing in the middle, and then Natalie was coming around,” Beam described of the last goal of the game. “She got the ball somehow, and she hit it back really fast, and I just kind of hit it in.”
The Lady Indians got their 10th consecutive win on Monday, May 5, taking down Woodbridge 6-0.
Hogsten was involved in five of the team’s six scores on the day, notching three goals and two assists, and twice setting up Brooke Beam, who also recorded an assist on the day. Hogsten now has 23 points on the season (16 goals, seven assists), which is second only to Beam, who now has 32 points (23 goals, nine assists).
White scored the game’s final goal on an assist from sophomore midfielder Emma-Lee Merrick. Micthell and Guzman notched assists, as well — one and two, respectively.
The now 11-1 Lady Indians have collectively outscored their last 10 opponents by an unprecedented combined score of 60-2. They currently hold the second-best Division II record in the state and are well-positioned for a high playoff seeding, trailing only Archmere Academy, who were 11-0 at Coastal Point press time on Wednesday, May 7.
While the Lady Indians already all but have the Henlopen South title locked up, they’ll face South opponent Lake Forest on Thursday, May 8, before finishing out the regular season on the road next week.
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