IR soccer bounces back against Lady Blue Jays with 10-0 win
Head coach Steve Kilby had already started pulling some of his starters when the Lady Indians’ soccer team headed into halftime up 8-0 against a struggling Seaford squad. However, even playing a man down and just trying to work possession in the second half, IR still managed two more goals, eventually locking in a 10-0 victory against the Henlopen South opponent.
“We asked them to play possession in the second half,” Kilby explained of how he approached the mismatched game. “I told them we’d be pulling some players off the field so we actually played a man down in the second half, which meant there were less forwards to play the ball to, so we had to keep the ball moving and play possession.”
The scoring started early when sophomore midfielder Ailene Guzman struck first, unassisted, in the fifth minute. Sophomore forward Brooke Beam made it 2-0, knocking one in off the assist from junior midfielder Brianna Belfiore a few minutes later. Both Guzman and Beam would get on the board again soon after, with Guzman notching another unassisted goal in the 11th minute, and Beam following the scoring pattern with an unassisted goal of her own, to make it 4-0.
Belfiore added an unassisted goal in the 19th minute, and senior forward Ashleigh White jumped in on the scoring action in the 23rd minute with an assist from Beam. Beam would add her third goal of the game just over a minute later, with junior midfielder Maria Papavasillis making it 8-0 before the end of the half, knocking one just over the reach of Seaford goaltender Shianne Johnson, who nonetheless notched an impressive 14 saves throughout the game.
Senior goalie Alex Myers saw some action on offense in the second half with the Lady Indians playing a man down, developing a new appreciation for field players in the process.
“We put her in for about seven minutes in the second half, gave her a chance at goal,” Kilby noted after the game. “Her comment was, ‘Field players have it a lot harder than I thought.’”
Senior midfielder Amanda Beam notably notched her first career goal late in the game, to make it 9-0, scoring off the assist from freshman defender Maggie Ford and earning herself some push-ups in the process — a soccer team tradition. Beam spent her junior year on the Lady Indians’ tennis team.
“Maggie Ford assisted me, actually,” Beam said, breaking down the career milestone after the game. “I just kind of scored. The goalie got it first, and then she dropped it, and then I hit it again and somehow it went in.”
Senior forward Devin Thune notched the game’s final goal as the division win put Lady Indians at 2-1 on the season.
“We really just worked on training ourselves and passing and protecting the ball,” said Brooke Beam of the second-half objective. “It was an opportunity to mesh together as a team and work on connecting.”
The team’s uncharacteristic loss came last Thursday, March 27, against a powerful Caesar Rodney squad.
“They’re a very quality team. They have team speed all over the field, which is pretty amazing,” Kilby noted. “We played them pretty tough in the first half. It was 3-1 at halftime, and the girls played hard. Second half, they finished a few more chances, and it ended up 7-1.”
The loss to the Henlopen North squad won’t have much of an effect on the team’s ultimate goal of winning the South division and a Division II state title. However, if the Lady Indians were to make it to the Henlopen Conference Championship game, they could very well end up facing the Lady Riders again.
“It was more of a wakeup call,” said Guzman of the team’s attitude after the CR game. “We’re just looking forward to the rest of the season — for wins and getting our division.”
On Thursday, April 3, (after Coastal Point press time), the girls were set to begin their first of a five-game home stint against Milford at 7 p.m. Next Tuesday, April 8, they’ll face Smyrna at the same time, and they’ll be put to the test against Cape Henlopen on Wednesday, April 9. Both of those games begin at 7 p.m.