Pirates blank another opponent
Englewood shuts out Thomas Jefferson 3-0
The Englewood girls soccer team stretched its winning streak to nine on April 17 as they outscored Thomas Jefferson 3-0 at Englewood High School Stadium.
In not one of those games, have the No. 9-ranked Pirates given up a goal.
“I felt we would have a good team but never expected us to do this well,” Pirates Coach Chris Kavinsky said afterward. “We have great leadership from our juniors and seniors plus we have young players who have stepped up to strengthen our team. It has been a great season so far.”
The Pirates kept both their streaks alive, improving to 10-0 overall and 4-0 in the Colorado 7 league with a 5-o shutout of Fort Morgan April 19. The Pirates have now outscored opponents 48-0 on the year.
Coming into this week, Englewood and Weld Central shared the top spot in the standings with matching 4-0 marks. The two teams were scheduled to meet April 24 at Englewood High School Stadium in a game that may well decide the league championship.
After the Weld Central game, Englewood is on the road April 29 against Fort Morgan and closes out the regular season against Elizabeth at 6:30 p.m. May 1 at home. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students with school identification.
Against Thomas Jefferson on April 17, the Pirates got ahead quickly, taking control of the ball on the opening kick and pushing it down the field. A lead pass went to Katie Kavinsky who drove in and drilled a shot past the Spartan goalie to give Englewood a 1-0 advantage less than four minutes into the game.
The Pirates played their ball-control style and, although they didn't get another goal in the first half, they put peppered the Spartan goalie with a number of shots on net. Thomas Jefferson did make a couple runs deep into Englewood territory but only got off three low velocity shots on goal.
The second half started much like the first with the Pirates pressing the attack. Less than five minutes into the half, there was a battle for the ball near the mouth of the TJ goal. Sierra Mazur got a foot on the ball, it deflected off a defender and went into the net to make the score 2-0.
Just minutes later, Sydney Gonzales lofted a corner kick near the goal and Elijah Daughtry headed the ball into the net for the Pirates third and final goal of the game.
“This was a good win for us as we did a number of different things and they worked,” Chris Kavinsky said. “Our defense is exceptional and we are strong in the midfield, winning the majority of loose balls. Up front, our attack is scoring goals. We are not a high-scoring team but we get goals when we need them to get the wins.”
He said Englewood is a young team with four seniors on the roster. The coach said a number of freshmen have come in, stepped up and strengthened the team.
“Our JV team is all freshmen and sophomores and they are winning too,” Kavinsky said. “We are playing well at both levels and I feel that means a good future for Englewood girls soccer.”
Senior Kadie Kavinsky is one of the senior leaders and a player who scored goals for the Pirates.
“Elijah Daughtry is our leading scorer but she is being marked by other teams so we spread the ball and the scoring around,” said Kadie Kavinsky. “I think we expected to be a pretty good team but I don't think anyone expected we would be this successful. It feels great and we are very excited.”
Kavinsky said her favorite goal she scored this season was against Elizabeth.
“I was about 18 yards out on the right side,” she said. “I hit a good shot, roofed the goalie (was too high for her to reach) and it sailed in.”
She is looking forward to graduation and to continuing her education and playing soccer at Midland University.
Junior Dominique Daughtry is one of the Pirate defenders and hopes that if two things happen, she could outscore the team's opponents this year.
“I want to help us give up the least amount of goals possible this season,” she said. “Of course, it would be nice if I could score a goal this season.”