Two yellow cards and a rough start did not stop the Cavs in their 7-3 victory over Cristo Rey at home on April 12, a game that included sophomore Nina Dym’s first goal of the season.
“At first we had a hard time getting into positions and figuring out where to go,” junior Shriya Nadgauda said.
“We were still getting back into it after spring break,” junior Avi Bhullar said.
“We were clumping together on the field, leaving wide open gaps.”
Two yellow cards were given the Cavs’, the first to senior Emma Belliveau for pushing a Cristo Rey player.
“She didn’t even do anything,” freshman Abby LaComb said.
The next to be yellow carded was LaComb with 10 minutes left in the game.
“(A Cristo Rey player) was shielding the ball while running, and I gave her a little shove,” LaComb said.
“She then threw her arm back and punched me in the face.”
Both girls were yellow carded and sent off.
“That’s so stupid,” LaComb said. “That’s not how it is in club soccer.”
The yellow cards put only a slight damper on the girls’ day.
At the half, the score was already 5-2 with two goals from freshman Lia Kaufman and one apiece from LaComb, Dym and junior Natalie Brown.
In the second half, LaComb scored twice, securing the win for the Cavs.
Players praised Dym for her goal in the first half.
“It was like a trick shot,” senior Julia Owaidat said.
Dym was outside of the goal box when she made the shot.
“I was on the bench, and it looked like it was going to go over the goal,” Owaidat said.
But it didn’t, and the crowd went wild.
“It was the shot of the game,” freshman Brandi Riziki said.
Players also praised freshman goalie Bella Mathisen for her work.
“Bella saved a lot of balls for us,” LaComb said.
The Cavs faced their toughest competition yet, but overcame the challenge because of their teamwork and passing.
“Our passes were great,” Riziki said.
“We worked really well together,” LaComb added.
The Cavs’ next game is at home on Thursday, April 14, against Buckingham Charter.
—By Jack Christian