Against George Washington on March 17, the Englewood girls soccer team quickly discovered the Patriots had an aggressive offense that repeatedly pressed the attack. Englewood did a good job stopping many of the attacks, but George Washington won, 4-1.
“We are an experienced team this season, with 11 seniors, including six girls who have been with our team since they were freshmen, plus we have some good sophomores who have stepped in for us,” Pirates coach Chris Kavinsky said. “Of course, it is early and we are still figuring some things out, but I think we will be OK and do pretty well this year.”
He said the Pirates are a balanced team with a strong group of veteran defenders, talented midfielders and forwards who can put the ball in the net. The coach said the team is working well together to make thing happen on both ends of the field.
George Washington pressed the attack and scored less than three minutes into the game. But the Pirates countered quickly as Sierra Mazur pushed the ball down the left side of the field and, near the end line, kicked the ball so it sailed over the defenders and into the net to tie the score at 1-1 with slightly less than 33 minutes left in the first half.
George Washington responded by returning to the aggressive style that produced the first goal. The Pirates played stubborn defense but the Patriots' persistence payed off with two goals before halftime and another goal in the second half to post the win.
Coach Kavinsky told the girls after the game they played well against a very good soccer team. He said the coaches saw some good things and saw some area that the team would work on in practice next week.
Mazur's goal came off an assist by Megan Trial. Hannah Drolshagen was in goal for Englewood and made six saves.
The Pirates have a 2-2 record after the George Washington game. Team statistics show Courtney Schauer is the scoring leader with three goals, teammate Jena Korinek has two goals and an assist, and Mazur has two goals.
Drolshagen has been the in goal all four games and has made 27 saves.
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Mazur, a senior forward, said George Washington was a really good team that moved the ball around the field quickly.
“GW also plays a physical style and played a very technical style,” she said. “The coach asked us to be more physical tonight and I think that helped us with GW.”
The senior said her goal came when she tried to get a crossing shot to a teammate.
“I was trying to push the ball across into the mouth of the goal so one of our players could kick or head it in," she said. "But I got some air under it, the ball lifted over the heads of the GW defenders and goalie.
“Scoring that goal felt really good and actually it is probably the prettiest goal I have ever shot. The goal was important for us because they had just scored a goal and my goal tied the score.”