The Scotland High School varsity girls’ soccer match against Purnell Swett Wednesday night looked more like a hockey game than a soccer match, as Scotland sent in line after line of rotating players.
In the end, the varsity and junior varsity team combined for 10 goals, including seven in the first half, as Scotland throttled the Lady Rams 10-0.
Chelsie Madden, Shea Poage and Greta Griswold combined for six goals in the victory, with each scoring two goals apiece.
Scotland used the match to get younger players some time against varsity competition, including sending waves of junior varsity players against the Purnell squad, but head coach Colin McDavid said he was impressed with the passion the girls showed in the win.
“We played well,” McDavid said. “I haven’t been saying it enough, but we’re a young team. We are young and developing. This was a great chance to bring the jayvee team up and get them playing time with our varsity team and against a varsity opponent. You could see that they’re progressing and are motivated to play. This is what we want. I had a girl come to see me in tears before the game…looking ways to improve her play. That made me teary eyed too. That’s the passion that we want.
“As far as the varsity squad tonight, we got to work on some set plays that will really help us later,” he said. “Greta (Griswold) and Maddie (Milholland) hit perfect crosses tonight. They went out and got it tonight. Hopefully that attitude will carry over into next week.”
Scotland began their ferocious attack just 30 seconds into the game, going up 1-0 on a Poage goal that fueled the Lady Scots’ rally.
Scotland scored twice more over the next two minutes on a Madden header and a Shalissa Salters’ goal from the right side of the penalty box, extending their lead to 3-0 with 30 minutes left in the half.
Scotland posted another pair of goals midway through the period, the first coming on a Poage drive down the middle of the field. Poage took the ball at midfield and went one-on-one with the Lady Rams’ keeper, scoring her second goal of the contest. Griswold put the Lady Scots up 5-0 at the 18:21 mark, delicately slicing through Purnell’s defense before firing off a shot near the top of the penalty box that floated over the defense for a score.
Scotland closed the half on an Anna Lisa Ciarroca goal that found the net through two defenders, ending the period with a Millholand goal with just over 12 minutes left in the half.
Scotland wasted little time in the second period putting their last three goals on the board, as Jessi Kee recorded her lone goal of the game a minute and a half into the period to give Scotland an 8-0 margin.
Madden posted her second goal of the game four minutes later, taking the ball up the left side of the field after a throw-in. Madden carried the ball through a pair of defenders to the top of the box and sent a shot past the keeper, widening Scotland’s lead to 9-0.
Griswold scored the Lady Scots’ last official goal with 33:53 left in the game, finding the net off another shot in the middle of the field.
Both teams finished off the half without keeping score.
The win was the largest for Scotland since their last contest with Purnell at home on March 16.
The Lady Scots will return to action on April 11 when they host Pinecrest at home.
The junior varsity game will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the varsity match to follow.