Spartans enter win column
OLINDA – The match meant a lot to both teams, but it was Seabury Hall that figured it out first.
The Spartans came out blazing and rolled to a 5-0 win over St. Anthony on Friday at Seabury’s on-campus field in the first meeting of the season between the Maui Interscholastic League’s only two Division II girls soccer teams.
The result left one coach smiling, the other scratching her head.
“In the Division II race, it couldn’t have been any bigger,” Seabury coach Sumner Erdman said. “Fortunately our girls were pumped up. They are an evenly matched team.”
St. Anthony coach Lindsey Drayer had a different take on her squad.
“We just didn’t really show up – I’m not sure why,” Drayer said.
“This is a game we had a chance in and we kind of showed up flat, so that was a little disappointing.”
The Spartans (1-4-0) led 4-0 at halftime on goals by Samantha Turbeville in the 10th and 35th minutes, Alissa Lei Walin’s tally in the 25th and Jenna Carvalho’s score in the 30th.
The only goal of the second half came from Phoebe Fickbohm in the 68th minute.
“In the second half we got our bearings,” Drayer said. “Hopefully next time we play we will be a little more mentally prepared.”
The Trojans fell to 0-3-0.
Erdman said he was somewhat surprised his team came out with the fire it did after a 5-0 loss to King Kekaulike on Thursday.
“There’s definitely a difference between Division I and Division II on this island,” he said. “So, we got pumped up, we got a goal early and we were able to capitalize on that.”
The two teams share more than a division.
Turbeville is the only senior starter for the Spartans, who also start four freshmen.
“It was great (to score early),” Turbeville said. “It was really important and I’m proud of our team.”
St. Anthony has only one senior on its roster, Dominique Funes. The only junior on the team, Reanna Lallo, was not at the match.
Both schools finished final exams Thursday.
Fickbohm said the second half was more indicative of how closely matched the teams are.
“I’m really proud of the girls, they kept their heads high,” Fickbohm said. “Even though it seemed like we were really far ahead we played like it was still 0-0.”
The match in the second half was a hard-fought affair – Seabury sophomore sweeper Makena Dougherty suffered a broken nose in a late collision.
“One of the things I was scared our team would do would be to play tight at the beginning and not get out quick enough off the blocks,” Erdman said. “I was very nervous that we would be flat – I have seen that too many times where we are flat or just mentally not able to get ourselves up for the match.”
He was greeted, however, by a team ready to play.
“When I got here there was definitely a lot of energy and we talked about rechanneling that energy and the girls did definitely rechannel that,” Erdman said. “That was the best I’ve seen us play all season all the way around. Our defense played better, our midfield played better, our attack played better and it was an appropriate time for us to do it.”
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