Bobcat soccer girls get on the winning side
Senior captains win for the first time in their varsity careers
|The Plymouth girls’ soccer team celebrates its 4-1 win over Laconia on Friday, Sept. 9. The win marked the first victory for this year’s group of seniors in their varsity careers. Eric D'Aleo - Courtesy Photo. (click for larger version)|
September 19, 2011PLYMOUTH — It was a celebration a long time coming.
The Plymouth girls' soccer team picked up a 4-1 win over Laconia on Friday, Sept. 9, ending a losing streak that dated back as far as any of the current crop of seniors can remember.
"Our captains have been in the thick of things for the last four years," said new Plymouth coach Chris Inman. "This was their first win. They definitely deserve it."
Senior captains Alejx Chapman, Tatyana Hoyt and Sam Levesque all had a hand in the 4-1 win, as Chapman netted three goals and Hoyt netted one. Levesque assisted on two of Chapman's tallies.
"They had a big pig pile in the middle of the field," Inman said. "It was definitely a fun experience to have."
Inman, who is coaching at the varsity level for the first time and is also coaching girls for the first time and noted that this group of girls came together very early in the preseason and he really thought they would be able to end their tough streak.
"The team came together quickly, so it's not surprising to me that this win came this early in the season," Inman said.
"You could sense a shift in attitudes even before we got the win," Inman continued. "They could see something was going on."
With the win, Inman is hopeful that the momentum will continue and the team will be able move forward in the right direction.
"If they're putting in the effort and do all the right things, they can take any team in the state," Inman said. "It's just getting it all put into an 80-minute clump and that Laconia game was that."
The game didn't exactly start out well for the Bobcats, as Laconia scored the first goal of the game about 10 minutes in to take a 1-0 lead.
The goal didn't get the Bobcats down, however, as the first-year coach noted the change.
"In other years, that would've been the deflating of the balloon," Inman said. "But that day you could see they weren't going to take it."
The Bobcats didn't put their heads down, instead going back to work, led by the trio of senior captains.
Chapman tied the game at one with her first goal, as she headed home a cross from Levesque.
Chapman then gave her team the lead as she finished off another cross from Levesque, this time tapping the ball home with her left foot for a 2-1 lead.
Hoyt got the next goal, as she drilled in a direct kick from about 25 yards out for a 3-1 lead and Chapman put the final nail in the coffin by finishing off a pass from frehman Teagan Mosenthal.
The Bobcats were in action after deadline Tuesday at home against Kingswood. They travel to Lebanon on Friday, Sept. 23, and to Laconia for a rematch with the Sachems on Tuesday, Sept. 27. The girls travel to Kennett on Sept. 30 and host Manchester West on Oct. 4. Inman looks at that stretch of games as key for the Bobcats.
"That could be a big chunk of the season for us," Inman said. Both Kennett and Kingswood beat the Bobcats in earlier season action and the coach is sure that his squad will be able to come out on the right side of the scoreboard the second time around.
"Their mindset going into every game from here on out is completely different," Inman said. "It's not 'do we have a chance,' it's 'are we going to beat them' because they know they can."
Inman called the Laconia win the peak of a lot of hard work to date, but noted the team was far from finished.
"We're not done growing," he said.
Joshua Spaulding can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 569-3126