TOWNSEND — The Algonquin girls soccer team used their team speed to fuel a potent transition game as they rolled to an impressive 6-2 win over North Middlesex.
“Algonquin is experienced and they matched up against our inexperience,” said North Middlesex coach Charlie Valacer. “We got better as the game progressed and it was nice to see us scored two nice goals in the second half.”
Both teams had one quality scoring chance over the first ten minutes of the game.
At four minutes, Algonquin’s Meghan McInnis took a well-placed cross from Samantha Friday and fired a shot just wide of the net.
Two minutes later, North Middlesex’s Lauren Ferro sent a diagonal pass ahead of Sarah Lieneck, but Algonquin goalkeeper Hayley Curley slid out and stuffed the shot from outside the left post.
The Tomahawks struck first at 10:30 when McInnis picked up a loose ball in front of the net and netted a shot from close range to make it 1-0.
Algonquin stuck with the game plan and kept trying to spring forwards loose, but the North Middlesex defense held them at bay over the next 15 minutes. North Middlesex goaltender Allie Watkins (21 saves) kept it a one goal game with a sensational stop at 24:30. Paige Livolsi broke in from right wing and ripped a hard shot that was denied by a diving Watkins.
The Tomahawks took control of the game with a three goal explosion in a span of 4:30 to extend the lead to 4-0.
At 26 minutes, Friday outran the last North Middlesex defender to catch up to a lead pass and rolled a shot into the net past an onrushing Watkins.
At 27 minutes, Friday struck again, breaking in alone and rolling a shot inside the left post.
At 30:30, Casey Dixon scored in similar fashion, finishing off a breakaway with a shot inside the left post.
Algonquin took a 4-0 lead to intermission, owning an 11-3 edge in shots on goal.
The Tomahawks fired 11 of the first 13 shots on goal in the second half, but Watkins stopped them all. Her best save over that span came at 18:30 when Livolsi broke in alone, but the senior netminder turned aside her shot from point blank range.
Just past the midway point of the half, North Middlesex started to apply their best offensive pressure of the game.
At 25:30, Mackenzie Sharp’s header from close range was stopped by Algonquin goaltender Heather Carr.
Two minutes later, Lieneck fired a dipping 25 yard direct kick that was turned away by a diving Carr.
The Lady Patriots pressure paid off and they broke the ice at 28 minutes when Lauren Ferro hooked a perfect corner kick off Carr’s hands into the net to make it 4-1.
Algqonquin wasted little time in responding, regaining the four goal lead just 30 seconds later when Dixon finished off a breakaway with a shot inside the post.
North Middlesex didn’t quit and scored the prettiest goal of the night to make it 5-2 at 33:30 when Shelby Koutrouba one-timed a perfect cross by Lieneck into the net from close range.
Algonquin finished off the scoring at 36:15, when Dixon took a pass from Friday alone in front and scored from close range to complete her hat trick.