The Englewood High School girls soccer team is off to its best start in several years as the Pirates headed into spring break with a 5-0 record, outscoring their opponents 42-2 in those five games.
“This has been a great start as we win games, which helps us build momentum for the upcoming league season,” Pirates coach Bill Gilmore said before the March 21 game with Arvada. “I knew we would push the ball and play a strong offensive game, but I didn’t expect that we would be leading the state in scoring at this point in the season.”
After beating Arvada 6-1, the field went dark for a week for spring break. The players return to school April 1 and the Pirates are at home against Wasson on April 2.
Englewood opens play in the Colorado 7 league on April 9 against Vista Peak, and is at home against potential title contender Skyview on April 11.
Home games start at 6:30 p.m. and are played in the Englewood High School Stadium. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students with school identification.
The Pirates got things going quickly in the game against Arvada as, less than three minutes into the game, Elijah Daughtry drilled a shot into the net.
The pressure didn’t slacken as Englewood kept the ball on the Arvada side of midfield most of the game. Pirates took shots frequently. Some were high and sailed over the goal, but many were on net. The Arvada goalie stopped several scoring attempts, but Englewood’s Kadie Kavinsky helped her team’s cause by scoring three goals before the end of the first half.
Kavinsky added a goal and teammate Julie Kline scored for the Pirates as Englewood won the game.
Kline said it has been an awesome season for her so far.
“We are playing well together as a team and I think that is because we are almost like a family,” the sophomore said. “Personally, I am scoring more goals this year. Last season, I only had three goals and I already have nine.”
She said the scoring opportunities are a result of teamwork, and everyone has her heart in the game, with more focus and the intent to make the playoffs.
“I guess I am shooting better too,” she said. “I have been working to improve my shooting, on getting over the ball and driving it into the net.”
Kline said she’ll take any shot available but, if she had time to aim, she likes to shoot for the upper corners of the net because many goalies are unable to get to that spot to try to block the ball.
Daughtry is having a special season so far, as she is one of the leading scorers in the state with 17 goals.
“I think part of the success I am having is because I am back on the Englewood team with some of the girls I have been playing soccer with for years,” she said “I also think I am taking more shots and I am shooting harder and more accurately.”
The talented junior’s goal total has been aided by scoring six goals against Westminster and five against Fort Lupton. The coach said it has been a lot of years since an Englewood High School girls soccer player has scored six goals in one game.
Daughtry said, if she has a choice, she likes to put low, line-drive shots at the net and, when she gets control of the ball, she likes to use her speed to get in close before taking the shot. However, she said, if she is open, she will take the long shot.
She is an athlete who plays basketball but said soccer is her favorite sport. She said her personal goal for the season is to do all she can to help her team win, get to the playoffs and do well, plus she would like to be selected as first-team all-conference.