In an exciting game on Barton Field, the girls varsity soccer team won its fourth match of the season on Saturday, defeating Taft in a high-scoring affair 5-3.
The Pelicans started the game off with great energy, forcing the Taft goalkeeper to make two key saves within the first 10 minutes. The Loomis team broke through soon after when senior center back Elena Anderson served the ball into senior forward Taylor Douglas, who flicked the ball toward sophomore Charlotte Hill and dribbled past the exiting Taft goalkeeper to score.
Two minutes later, the Pelicans scored again, with junior captain Christina Stone feeding the ball into Douglas, who finished the ball cleanly.
Taft responded with a goal of its own a few minutes before the end of the half and carried that momentum into the second half, when the Rhinos scored twice in two minutes to take a one-goal lead. With 20 minutes left to play, senior captain Lauren Smida scored the tying goal off a pass from Stone. The go-ahead goal arrived 10 minutes later when senior Maddie Corsetti scored her first goal of the season, finishing a rebound in the box.
With 15 seconds left in the game, the Pelicans executed a counter-attack off of a Taft free kick, which resulted in a Taft player receiving a red card for a missed tackle on junior Jessica Hinton. The ensuing free kick led to the final goal of the game as Stone set up Hill for a one-touch finish.
Earlier in the week, the Pelicans took part in a much different looking game, as they defeated Choate in a low-scoring 1-0 contest.
Throughout the first half the Pelicans were able to control play and get behind the Choate back line but struggled to create clear scoring chances, registering only one shot on goal in the first 40 minutes. With a few adjustments in the second half, the team was able to create more scoring chances, including the eventual game winner.
In an excellent piece of build-up play the Pelicans moved the ball to Hill and Smida, who combined some passes close to the Choate goal. Hill took a shot that rebounded off the post, and Douglas placed the rebound into the back of the net.
The team looks to stay hot as it takes on Westminster on Saturday, October 6, on the Island at 6 p.m.