Friday, March 7, 2014
By MATT RAND Special to the Press Herald
SCARBOROUGH - Scarborough's relentless attack proved too much for Marshwood, as they cruised to a 3-0 victory in an SMAA girls' soccer game Wednesday night.
"We actually created a lot of chances today," Scarborough Coach Mike Farley said. "From the opening whistle to the last minute we were aggressive with the balls we were playing forward and really put them under pressure with the passes we were making."
The Red Storm's pressure led to five corner kicks in the first 20 minutes, but they were unable to capitalize on any of them, thanks in large part to Marshwood goalkeeper Macy Morrison.
"Macy Morrison had some ridiculously good saves," Marshwood Coach Luke Edgar said. "She had a lot of work tonight."
Morrison was unable to make the save, however, when Marisa Risbara made a run down the sideline and planted the ball in the back corner of the net to give Scarborough (3-0-1) a 1-0 lead with 10 minutes to play in the first half.
Marshwood (3-1) was not able to muster any scoring chances until the final minutes of the half when Sydney Jackman and Lydia St. Pierre put shots on goal, but Scarborough keeper Sydney Martin stopped them both.
The Red Storm came out strong in the second half, dominating possession and scoring chances. They made it 2-0 when Katherine Kirk snuck the ball passed Morrison after a run down the wing with 13 minutes to play. Hadlee Yescott extended the lead off a corner kick only three minutes later.
"We've been working on playing it out to the wings, and overall it's been working very well," Kirk said. "We started off a little bit slow, but as the game went on we started executing."
The Hawks, meanwhile, struggled to execute for most of the game. They were unable to draw any corner kicks and put very little pressure on the Scarborough defense. The field surface may have been a factor in stalling Marshwood's offensive attack.
"The turf field took us a little while to adjust to," Edgar said. "We had a lot of touches that were just too hard and rolled out of bounds. On a grass field, it would have been a little bit different. I don't know if it would have affected the outcome, but I do think we would have been more competitive."
The Red Storm had no trouble on their home field, but still see room for improvement.
"We're just going to keep working on team play," Kirk said. "We want to get the ball moving and work on different people finishing at net."