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Bulldogs sweep Spartans in different ways

Posted: March 25, 2012 - 12:07am  |  Updated: March 25, 2012 - 1:30am
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Harlem's Rachel Jackson (left) and Glenn Hills' Melissa Bragg collide as Jackson tries to get the ball into scoring position. Harlem remains undefeated after their 11-1 victory.
Harlem's Rachel Jackson (left) and Glenn Hills' Melissa Bragg collide as Jackson tries to get the ball into scoring position. Harlem remains undefeated after their 11-1 victory.

 

Both Harlem High soccer teams won against Glenn Hills on Tuesday night.

The girls team controlled play from start to finish in a 11-1 mercy rule-shortened affair, while the boys eked out a 2-1 victory.

It was the largest margin of victory for the Lady Bulldogs (8-0, 7-0 Region 3-AAA), who have outscored their opponents 53-4 this season.

The game was out of hand early, but it allowed head coach George Berry to experiment.

“We were able to work on set plays, drops and defense,” Berry said.

Senior Jade Cotton led the charge with four goals and an assist, while Kayla Mills had a goal and three assists.

“I usually get at least one assist a game,” said Mills.

It took four minutes for Olivia Fitzgerald to score the first of her two goals to get the Lady Bulldogs rolling.

Mills, Fitzgerald and Karrie Sanders scored again before the Lady Spartans (3-4) got one by Harlem goalie Leanne Newberry, who finished with three saves.

Leading 7-1 at the break, Cotton scored twice more. Hailey Newsome scored on a penalty kick and Danielle LeDoux closed out the game with a goal with just more than 20 minutes left.

The Bulldogs (5-3) got the region win, but it wasn’t pleasing to head coach Mike Hopkins.

“We didn’t play our game tonight,” Hopkins said. “We played kickball. It’s frustrating.”

The Bulldogs kept the ball at the Spartans (3-4) end for most of the first half. Deondre Kersey’s header with just under 28 minutes left would be their only score. Matt Logue got the assist after curling the ball over the outstretched arms of the goalie to Kersey.

The Spartans applied pressure on the Bulldogs from the 10-minute mark to the end of the first half, forcing first-time goalie Austin Kissinger to record four saves in that span. He denied Won-Hee Jang on a penalty kick, then with two minutes left in the half, he jumped to tip the ball just over the crossbar.

The Spartans (3-4) got a fluke goal early in the second half to tie the game. A Santo Nina shot was kicked backward by a defenseman over Kissinger’s head.

Logue answered 23 seconds later for the Bulldogs, taking a pass from Andrew Smith in front of the net and scoring the game-winner.

“He chipped it over and I was there,” Logue said.

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