Pirates stay perfect on pitch

Senior Elijah Daughtry registers six goals in 8-0 win

Englewood's Sierra Mazur (13) battled a Fort Lupton defender for a loose ball during the March 18 league soccer game. Mazur won the ball as she helped her team win their fourth game in a row by besting the Bluedevils, 8-0. Photo by Tom Munds
Englewood's Jena Korinek (10) battled with two Fort Lupton defenders as she pushes the ball toward the goal. Korinek scored a goal for the Pirates as they won the March 18 league game, 8-0. Photo by Tom Munds

Julia Kline scored on a penalty kick less than two minutes into Englewood's March 18 league game against Fort Lupton, and set the tone for an impressive 8-0 win. Two days later the Pirates whipped Arvada, 7-0.

Shutouts are all the team knows this year. Entering spring break, Englewood's record stood at 5-0 and the Pirates have outscored opponents, 34-0.

The girls will return to action after the break with three road games in a row as they enter the heart of the league schedule. After an April 8 trip to Vista Peak, the Pirates play April 10 at Skyview and April 15 at Elizabeth. Englewood's next home game is a non-league contest April 17 against Thomas Jefferson.

Against Fort Lupton, the Pirates took control of the tempo of play early. Englewood launched an attack right off the opening kickoff and pushed the ball deep into the Blue Devils' end of the field. The Pirates were quickly awarded a penalty shot because of a foul in the mouth of the goal. Kline drilled the penalty shot past the diving goalie.

The relentless Englewood attack resulted in a 5-0 advantage at halftime.

Englewood coach Chris Kavinsky commended the play of Fort Lupton's goalie for making more than 15 diving saves, saying the Pirates' margin of victory would have been much higher had it not been for the play of the Blue Devil keeper.

Senior Elijah Daughtry had a night most soccer players only dream of as she scored three goals for a hat trick in the first half and repeated the feat in the second half.

“I think I just got out of the shooting slump I've been in,” Daughtry said. “I have worked hard in practice to try to prefect finishing an attack. Tonight, my teammates supported me and passed me the ball when I was open so I could take shots.”

She said the shot she fires on net depends on the situation on the field.

“If I am coming at the goal on a fast break, I shoot the ball low,” she said. “But, when I am further out, I try to get the ball up with a high shot just under the crossbar. I don't have a favorite shot but, if I did, it would be the shot that went into the net.”

The senior said she has improved her play this year because she has become more of a team player and has accepted something of a leadership role.

“I also am a little faster and I have spent time in the weight room so I am stronger,” she said. “I enjoy soccer and, while it is a very different sport, I feel playing soccer helps my reactions to the ball so it will help me when I got to college and play basketball in the fall.”

Coach Kavinsky said coming into the season he felt his team would be able to score goals thanks to the group of returning letter winners that include Daughtry, Kline and Kadie Kavinsky.

“It is good to be able to score goals but we need a complete game of soccer to beat the tough teams,” he said after the Fort Lupton win. “Thankfully we have excellent senior leadership plus we have talented freshmen, sophomores and juniors and everyone is coming together to help make us a well-rounded soccer team.

“We did some good things out there tonight but, of course, we saw a lot of things we need to work on before we get into those tougher games as we head into the league season. I feel, when we have games like this where we build a good lead, we need to spend a lot of the time working on improving our play. It is an opportunity to work on aspects of our game such as spreading the ball around and winning the battle for a loose ball.”