YARMOUTH — Karyn Barrett scored two goals and set up two others Tuesday as Cape Elizabeth cruised to a 5-0 victory against North Yarmouth Academy in a Western Maine Conference girls’ soccer game.

“I don’t need to make any comments (about Barrett) because her performance speaks for itself,” said NYA Coach Charles Fischman.

It was the second win for Cape, which opened with a 4-2 victory at Lake Region on Friday.

“All things considered, we’re right where we need to be,” Cape Elizabeth Coach Gary Newell said. “We’re still dinged up and we’re not playing as well as we’re capable, but that being said, it’s nice to still get the victory.”

Barrett opened the scoring in the 12th minute, slamming in a direct kick from near the left side of the bubble.

The best chances for NYA (1-1) came in the first half.

In the 26th minute, Cape Elizabeth goalie Alexandra Weatherbie came off her line to thwart a breakaway by Molly Strabley for her only save.

About three minutes later, Emily Donovan used her body to keep the ball out of the uncovered left side of the net after Lilly Wellenbach got her foot on a direct kick from Strabley deep inside the box.

“I would have liked for us to make it more competitive,” Fischman said. “Obviously, if we could have taken advantage of a couple of early opportunities, it could have changed the complexion of the game.”

Instead, Cape took firm control in the 33rd minute when Donovan laid out parallel to the ground to head the ball past goalie Caroline Bowne for the first of her two goals. It came after Barrett sent a crossing pass from far in the left corner.

“I saw Karyn going into the corner and I actually yelled her name,” Donovan said. “She had a beautiful ball. I thought it was high and I started going in a little early. I kind of got on my knees.”

The Capers, who held a 16-2 edge in shots and an 8-0 edge in corners, received goals from Barrett, Tally Perkins and Donovan in the first 16 minutes of the second half to put the game out of reach.

“It looked like (Cape) was in a different gear than we were sometimes,” Fischman said. “They were moving at a little faster pace. When you can’t keep up, when you’re a little step short, it’s hard to get forward as a group and create chances.

“Today’s game is going to help us figure out the things we need to work on going forward. We have our basic plan down, but it was hard to accomplish it under this much pressure.

“From my perspective, the team is doing the right things. Maybe if we hadn’t run into such a challenging opponent, we would have had a little bit more success today.”


Staff Writer Paul Betit can be contacted at 791-6424 or at: [email protected]