ANDOVER—Augusta’s defense kept bending and bending and bending in its April 29 game at Andover. But eventually, its defense broke enough for the Trojans to tally three second-half goals in a 3-0 victory.
Despite giving up eight shots on goal in the first half, the Orioles held the Trojans at bay, going into the locker room scoreless after 40 minutes. However, the strong south wind may have taken its toll on Augusta.
“Playing against that wind in the first half kind of took away our legs away from us about midway through the second half,” Augusta coach Marty Rowland.
It was about midway through the second half when Andover struck twice, 63 seconds apart. The Trojans scored in the 57th and 58th minutes for a 2-0 advantage and tacked on the final goal in the 79th minute.
Perhaps the best chance for Augusta to score came with about 10 minutes remaining in the first half. Lea Wilegalla broke behind the defense trying to run down a pass. But the Andover keeper corralled the ball before Wilegalla could get to it.
All-state goalkeeper Taylor Childers kept the Orioles in the game, stopping 16 shots on the night. Rowland said that Shelby Clay had a good game at sweeper, helping to keep Andover from breaking away for easy goals.
“The girls played really well,” Rowland said. “I was very proud of them, of the way we played in the first half. We played possession better than I’ve seen us play.”