Dover girls advance in postseason soccer
The Dover girls soccer team beat Zanesville 5-0 Wednesday. Here’s Coach James Kline’s summary.
Final Score: Dover 5 – Zanesville 0
Location: Dover Middle School Stadium
Kickoff: 6:30 PM
Last night, the Dover Tornadoes kicked off their playoffs with a rematch against the Zanesville Blue Devils. Going into the game you get a little nervous with the type of weather we were dealing with. It had rained all day and the temperature was dropping rapidly. However, the girls handled it like pros and came to play.
While we dominated a majority of the first half, we struggled to put anything into the back of the net. Luckily, the Feller sisters decided to team up to get the scoring started.
Alyssa worked the ball to the endline, made a nice cut, and then delivered a great cross where her sister Emilyn was on the other end for a nice redirect into the back of the net with six minutes and forty-two seconds left in the half.
We desperately tried to find one more goal before the goal, but could not find another one.
Once again, we talked at half that we need to put teams away and not just be satisfied with a one goal lead. The girls took it to heart this time and scored two quick goals within the first three minutes of the half and add another seventeen and twenty-six minutes into the second half.
The first one of the half was a pure hustle and determination goal that was started by Alyssa Feller with three different attempts to get a cross in where this time she found Olivia VanDonge who made a nice turn and scored her fifth goal of the season.
Shortly after that, Alyssa again was just determined to wreak havoc this game and she did by scoring her first of the game with a beautiful back post shot a minute after Olivia’s goal.
We possessed the ball nicely for the next ten to fifteen minutes before Olivia was taken down in the box which set up Cassy Connare for a PK. Cassy calmly stepped up and buried the PK on a beautiful upper ninety shot for our fourth goal.
Then with about fourteen minutes left in the game, Alyssa wasn’t done and took a nice through ball from fellow senior Amaya Baumberger and buried her second goal of the game and team leading eighth goal of the season.
Overall, it was a great result for us and a very fitting game for the seniors who played their last home game as Dover High School soccer players. This senior group is very special and they really deserved a win for their last home game. I am very proud of each and every one of them and hope we can extend this season for them to extend their careers as long as possible.
Now, our journey is not over and we travel to Harrison Central on October 26th to take on a very competitive Carrolton team for the district semi-finals game at 7:00 PM.
This win brings the team record to 11-5-2.