Cross-town rivals meet in girls' soccer game
By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
Manchester - posted Fri., Oct. 7, 2011
Girls’ soccer took to the field at Manchester High School on Oct. 4, as the Manchester Indians and the East Catholic Eagles met for the first of two games in the 2011 season. Heading into the game, MHS had a record of 5-3 and East Catholic had a record of 4-2. Both teams ranked in the middle of the LL and M divisions, respectively.
For the first half of the game, the players kept the field covered, with the positions spread out, leaving no gaps. Both teams showed good ball control, footwork and passing skills. East Catholic’s goalie, junior Elizabeth Brassa, blocked several strong shots by the Indians. Manchester’s defenders maintained a strong presence in front of their goal, leaving few opportunities for the Eagles. It was a back-and-forth game throughout.
In the second half, though, the Indians appeared to have lost some of their stamina. The Eagles often had control of the ball, but were still not able to close in on the goal. Manchester senior midfielder Taylor Rodrique and senior forward Ashley Boyle teamed up for the first goal. The second goal for the Indians came near the end of the game, with a clean kick by sophomore forward Ashley Feshler. The game ended 2-0, Manchester. This marked the fifth game of a five-game winning streak for the Indians.