Warriors fall in consolation round
WINCHESTER – Sherando’s girls soccer team had a chance to see how it stacked up against some of its competition in the Northwestern District in this week’s Frederick County/Winchester Kick-off Soccer Friendlies.
After going 0-2 in the four-team tournament with a 6-4 loss to James Wood in the consolation game at The Handley Bowl on Thursday afternoon, Warriors head coach Rob Kilmer knows his team has some work to do.
“We’ve got some growing up to do,” he said shortly after his team fell to 2-2 on the season. “It’s a learning experience for us, so we’ll be OK.”
It was Sherando who struck first Thursday afternoon with a goal in the match’s first minute, but James Wood (2-2) – powered by four goals and an assist from senior forward Emily Denton – would score the next five goals to bury the Warriors.
For a brief stretch in the first half, Sherando held a 1-0 lead after senior Melida Berrios scored on a 15-yard shot off an assist from fellow senior striker Olivia Elliott with 38:59 showing on the game clock.
“We had that mentality that we were gonna win,” said Berrios, who had two goals in the loss, “and as soon as we scored that we were really happy that we scored. But then James Wood has a good offense and I feel like as soon as they scored those two goals we just went down.”
The Colonels came back to tie the game with an unassisted goal by junior Neary Casebolt in the 10th minute, and James Wood took the lead in the 16th minute when Denton gathered a short pass from Casebolt in the middle of the box and sent a shot past Warriors keeper Rhi Moore (nine saves).
Adrienne Thomas gave James Wood a 3-1 lead with 14 minutes left in the first half when she poked in a shot from the near post on Denton’s corner kick.
“Anytime you go a goal down it’s so hard and you can either drop off and roll over and die, or you can learn from that and you can come back from it stronger,” Denton said. “I think for us it’s been a motivator this season almost. Second time it’s happened and we always respond really well to it and come back really strong. I think for us it was just a wake-up call and realizing that we wanted this game more than they did and we had to push for it.”
Denton kept the momentum rolling in the Colonels’ favor in the second half, as she corralled a throw-in from a teammate and raced three-quarters of the length of the field before firing a shot into the net from just inside the penalty box just over three minutes in.
Denton secured her hat trick with a breakaway goal in the 56th minute to put James Wood up 5-1.
“I think being up at halftime is actually one of the scariest things in soccer,” Denton said, “because it’s hard to know if your team’s gonna let down and (suffer a) let-that-get-to-their-head kind of thing. I think it was really important for us to treat it like it was a zero-zero tie and fight for every ball we could and not settle for that lead.”
The Warriors finally broke James Wood’s scoring run when Lauren Heskett headed in a corner kick from Taylor Fogarty with 22 minutes to play, but Denton added another breakaway goal eight minutes later to put the Colonels back up by four.
“We went flat so we had to go after something, so that exposed us in the back,” Kilmer said. “But we grew, we’ll learn from it and we’ll go forward.”
Sherando’s offensive attack generated a handful of shots over the final 12 minutes, with freshman defender Sydney Hunter making an impression on Kilmer by dribbling around a defender in the box and scoring a goal in the 71st minute.
“She’s so fast, dynamic,” Kilmer said. “We’re probably gonna start going with (Hunter up top) and start building around her.”
Berrios scored her second goal of the match with two minutes remaining following a scramble in the box after Alex Snapp’s corner kick.
Sherando, which tallied 13 shots in the second half, held an 18-16 advantage in shots over the Colonels.
Neil Hammond, who filled in for James Wood head coach James Carden this week, called Thursday’s win a “tale of two things.”
“It’s like on the one hand really pleased with the chances – I mean we scored six and we could’ve scored four more quite easily – but I’m not happy that we gave up four goals for the second consecutive game,” Hammond said. “But I’m happy. The girls, after we lost to (Handley) … (Tuesday) night, they were pretty low, so it was nice to come back and get a win. Sherando’s historically a very tough team and historically usually beats James Wood’s girls pretty regularly, so it was a nice win for them.”
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