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Crusaders had their chances

September 19, 2013

Photo: Evan Crawley

WAKEFIELD—The Prout girls’ soccer team fell to 0-4-0 on the season after a 3-1 loss to Exeter West-Greenwich Tuesday afternoon.
Although EWG jumped out to leads of 1-0 and 3-1, Prout will look back at many missed quality chances to cut the lead and eventually equalize the match as one of the main reasons for the defeat.
“We can’t have certain people showing up at certain times—everyone needs to be showing up,” Prout coach Ria Carroll said, “we’re a good team, we just need to mesh together—we need to put it all together.”
One player that certainly showed up was sophomore midfielder Alexandra Russell, who scored Prout’s only goal of the match on a wonderful left-footed strike from just outside the box.
“I wanted to get it on my left foot, because that’s my strong foot,” said Russell. “I tried to get a window to shoot, and then I just shot it.”
“In practice, she just finishes and finishes and finishes,” Carroll added. “She has the ability to finish, and she does it all the time.”
Russell was not only active in attempting to score, finishing with four shots including a one-on-one opportunity that was saved, but she also looked to set up her teammates with crosses from outside of the box throughout the match, including one attempt that went just wide of the post midway through the second half as the Crusaders looked to cut into the two goal deficit.
Despite stout defending from Prout captain Maddie Hagerty, EWG’s Percy West managed to open the scoring in the 10th minute on a set piece following a foul deep in Prout’s own half.
The Crusaders responded with Russell’s goal approximately five minutes later, showing the resilience and hard work which Carroll raved about post-match.
“We’re playing hard,” she said, “We are working hard on defense.”
That hard work led the Crusaders to control possession in the minutes following their equalizing goal and also led them to an opportunity when Lindsay Tarbox’s volley of a corner kick prompted a save from EWG goalkeeper Makayla Brady, who finished with four saves on the match.
However, EWG broke through with two goals in quick succession by Alyssa Clements and Kara West late in the first half to create the two-score deficit.
The Crusaders came out in the second half and quickly put together four quality chances, but could convert none of them.
First, a Tarbox cross into the box prompted a great save from Brady. Then, moments later, senior midfielder Kate McCormack sent a shot into the side netting and Russell sent another shot on target which prompted another save.
The Crusaders’ best chance of the half came on a cross from sophomore Alexis Olsen to sophomore Emily Angeli, whose attempt just missed the net wide.
The missed opportunities, according to Carroll, have been a theme of the Crusaders’ young season.
“It’s just not falling for us right now. We’re working hard, but the ball just isn’t going into the back of the net,” Carroll said, “We have a lot of opportunities, but the good teams just put the ball in the back of the net when they have the chances.”
The Crusaders were back in action Thursday against Bay View (results unavailable at press time) and will return to action Monday at 6 p.m. when they make the short trip to Curtis Corner Middle School to take on South Kingstown.

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