Saving the streak: Myers’ clutch save keeps Dover off the board in 3-0 win
Any other goalie probably would have let the high, lofted shot off the foot of a Dover forward sail right over their head after coming off the halftime break and spending the majority of the game standing in the freezing cold — but Indian River Senior Alex Myers is not any other goalie.
Prior to that shot, Myers and the Lady Indians’ defense hadn’t given up a goal in six and a half games — a streak that Myers didn’t plan on seeing the end of that day. Using her basketball ability, she jumped up to the cross bar, knocking the ball down and recovering it before it had a chance to sneak past her or anyone had another chance to knock it in.
“Alex Myers is one of the most solid goalkeepers in our conference,” said head coach Steve Kilby after the game. “There’s no doubt about that. She’s a captain on this team, and she’s a captain for a reason.”
As a result of the crucial save, the Lady Indians were able to post their seventh consecutive shutout, taking down Dover by a score of 3-0. The team sat at 8-1 on the season after defeating Dover and has outscored their opponents by a staggering collective score of 44-0 in their last seven games.
“We’re halfway through our season. We’re 8-1. We haven’t been 8-1 since four years ago,” Myers said, putting the season so far in perspective. “It’s not just me — it’s my whole team on defense. I give it all to them.”
Offensively, three goals might seem relatively normal — but not for the Lady Indians, who have been averaging more than six scores per game during their seven-game win streak.
Freshman Madi Hogsten got the scoring started in the 11th minute, putting the Lady Indians up 1-0 off the assist from sophomore forward Brooke Beam. Beam wouldn’t score herself until the second half, after hitting the crossbar twice in the first.
“Games like this happen all the time,” said Beam of the two shots that she probably would have scored nine times out of 10. “Your gonna have those games where your shots are off and you’re a little bit unlucky, but you always gotta keep working and eventually, with the work paying off, your gonna get a couple in the net.”
Beam’s second-half goal was unassisted, as she made her way through multiple Dover defenders and ended up one-on-one with the keeper and knocked it in.
“I just cut through the defense. They kept stabbing, so I just kept going and slid it right past the goalie,” she explained. Beam now has 26 points on the season (18 goals, eight assists).
Hogsten notched her second goal of the game and 10th on the season thanks to the assist from senior midfielder Meredith Mitchell, making it 3-0, which is how the game would end.
After the game, Kilby and the girls commended Dover for putting up more of a fight than they have become accustomed to.
“They came out strong, and they communicated really well. It’s good to have a game like that,” Beam said of her opponents.
“Dover’s always had a pretty strong program,” Kilby added. “Two crossbars and two posts in the first half — had we finished a lot of the chances in the first half, it might have helped us. But 3-0 — we’ll take that.”
When a 3-0 win is almost a letdown, it’s easy to see why Myers and the rest of the team feels like anything other than a state title this year just isn’t acceptable.
“Senior year, I want to go all the way. Everyone wants it — that’s the goal,” the senior captain stated.
Kilby’s squad will have to defend their streak again when they head to Sussex Tech (7-2) on Thursday, May 1, at 5:30 p.m., after Coastal Point press time. After that, they’ll play their last home game of the season, on Saturday, May 3, for senior night, against Delmarva Christian. That game begins at 1 p.m.