The Sunapee girls soccer team began the season with wins in each of its first-two games. So Tuesday, Mike Pezone traveled over to Newport to see how the Division IV Lakers would fare against some Division III competition.
While the result was a good one for the visiting team with the Lakers fighting their way to an eventual 2-1 victory, Sunapee coach Myles Cooney said he wasn’t exactly thrilled with the effort despite firing off six more shots on goal than Newport.
It took Sunapee nearly 25 minutes to break the ice with the game’s first goal after a long run by Maddie Austin eventually led to a traffic jam in front of the net. Sunapee junior Sydney Clark did her part to free the ball from a Newport defender, leaving Austin open for a quick shot into the back of the net to give her team a 1-0 advantage.
The Lakers had their chances later in the first half, with Austin firing a shot just over the crossbar, but Newport goalie Mariah Chase did everything in her power to keep her team’s 1-goal deficit in tact. Sunapee finally struck again near the midway point of the second half, though, when Clark tracked down the ball on a breakaway before firing a shot past Chase for what proved to be the game-winning goal.
The Tigers did eventually get one back when Rachel Stark scored with a little more than five minutes remaining, but the Lakers, along with goaltender Suzanne Rickard didn’t let the home team get any closer, clinching their third straight victory to begin the season. Mike spoke to Clark after the game, who acknowledged her team’s showing was less than ideal, and that her and her teammates need to do a better job communicating.
Mike also spoke with Cooney, who said he was happy to come away with a win on a day when his team didn’t play to its full potential.
The Lakers will try and win their fourth straight game Friday when they travel to face Concord Christian.