WESTFIELD TWP. — Teams sometimes say, “We would rather be lucky than good,” but Wednesday night’s Cloverleaf’s girls soccer team was both as it defeated Revere 3-0 in the Suburban League opener for both teams.
The Colts (3-1, 1-0) capitalized on an excuse-me pooch shot for one score, and then added another when a Minutemen defender headed the ball into her own net.
Kelli Slavens took advantage of the Colts’ first break, lofting a shot just over Revere goalie Kristen Popa with 6:03 remaining in the first half.
“I wasn’t thinking about scoring when the ball came to me,” Slavens said of her 20yard score. “It was a lucky shot on my part, but I’ll take it. Getting a goal against Revere in my senior year is something I won’t forget.”
Katie Kolodka was the trigger person on Slavens’ goal, sending the ball in from 40 yards. It bounced off a Revere player and right to Slavens.
In the second half, Kolodka would again bounce a shot off a Minutemen player, but this time it would go into the net.
At 34:01, Kolodka sent a ball in from 30 yards. A Revere defender attempted to head the ball out, but instead sent it in over Popa.
“I thought my shot was going over the net and when it went in off the Revere player, I was shocked. I didn’t know what happened,” Kolodka said. “I was lucky on that shot, but we also played good to put me in position to take the shot.”
For most of the first half and early into the second, Revere controlled the flow of game. Marrissa Milazzo (5 shots) would fly down the left wing and either shoot or set up her teammates as the Minutemen had a 10-9 advantage in shots on goal and 4-1 spread on corner kicks.
“We played a strong game and the strategy of flying down the wings and the centering worked well for us tonight, but we just couldn’t finish,” Revere coach Shannon Otto said. “I thought we were in good position to win, but they scored those two lucky goals and we could not respond.”
Heather Buckwald finished off the scoring for Cloverleaf on a beautiful pass from Megan Connor at 2:21.
“We played well enough to win,” Cloverleaf coach Val Baughman said. “We made adjustments at halftime to take away their outside speed and that helped defensively. Offensively, we were just a little bit off here on our breaks and a little off here on our passes in the box. Sometimes you need a little luck to win and I’ll take it.”
Another positive factor for the Colts was the play of goalie Sarah Kalain, who made seven big saves. She has allowed just two goals in Cloverleaf’s four games.
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