Pirates end girls soccer season with win streak

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.Pirates girls soccer fans went home happy April 30 as Englewood chalked up a 2-1 win over Fort Morgan that was the second of a season-ending three-game win streak.

“It is always good to win the final home game of the season,” Englewood Coach Bill Gilmore said after the Fort Morgan game. “We have one more game. We were to play Elizabeth but a league requirement means we’ll now play Vista Peak, where we’ll be looking to close out the season with another win.”

The coach was accurate in his prediction, as Englewood played Vista Peak May 2. The Pirates dominated play and won the game, 8-0.

The coach said April 30 the Pirates have an outside chance to be selected for an at-large spot in the state playoffs, but wasn’t sure it was likely.

“We have a 10-3 overall record, but we didn’t have a real strong non-league schedule,” Gilmore said. “Then, we have lost three league games, and that isn’t a good statistic to have if you hope to land an at-large spot.”

Again his prediction came true, as Englewood was not selected for a spot in the state playoffs.

Looking ahead, about half this year’s team will graduate in June. However, returning lettermen include the team’s top three scorers through the end of April: Elijah Daughtry, who had 35 goals and three assists; Julie Kline, who had 21 goals and six assists; and Kadie Kavinsky, who had 15 goals and five assists. However, the team loses assist leader senior Lucy Yacklich, who had four goals and 11 assists, to graduation. The statistics for the 8-0 win over Vista Peak on May 2 were not available.

Englewood set the tempo in the April 30 game against Fort Morgan. Particularly in the first half, the Pirates generally controlled the ball and repeatedly mounted well-executed attacks. They would have had at least five more goals had the shots on the net not hit the crossbar.

Englewood was ahead 2-0 at halftime and continued to attack. Fort Morgan got its goal midway through the second half on a well-placed shot.

For Englewood, Kline and Elijah Daughtry each had a goal while Kavinsky and Dominique Daughtry each had an assist.

This year, Dominique Daughtry was assigned to play defense as the middle fullback.

“At first, I didn’t want to play that position. I have been playing soccer since I was 4 and I have basically never played defense,” the sophomore said. “However, now that I have learned the position, I have gotten better and I like it more now to play sweeper.”

She said her speed, her knowledge of the game that helps her read plays, plus the ability to communicate well with teammates have helped her play the defensive position better.

Daughtry smiles and said spring is a fun time for her because she gets to compete in her two favorite sports, track and soccer.

“I really like track because I have a speed that helps me in the sprint events I run,” she said. “Playing soccer and running track isn’t too hard. But sometimes I am a little tired after I play a soccer game one day and run in a track meet the next day.”

Teammate Julie Kline said she is sad it is the final game she will play with the seniors on the team.

“These girls who are seniors this year have become like family for the past two years we have played soccer together,” she said. “I wish them the best as they graduate but I will really miss them next season.”

Kline said she was glad the Pirates won the final home game of the regular season. She added that Englewood should have won by a larger score.

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