Bulldogs breeze past Hartford in girls soccer

MANCHESTER - The scoring occurred early and often in Tuesday's match between Burr and Burton Academy and Hartford High School and when it was all said and done the Bulldogs walked away with a 6-1 win.

The Hurricanes (1-5) got the scoring started, putting one in the back of the net just 30 seconds into the game. After that though it was all BBA in the first half.

"After the first 20 seconds, we played 79 minutes and 40 seconds of good soccer," said BBA coach Dan DeForest. "It just goes to show you you have to be ready from the opening kickoff because we kicked off. We kicked it out of bounds, a throw in, a cross and a shot and a goal. It can happen that quick." The Bulldogs (5-2) attacked relentlessly, scoring four goals in 19 minutes to take the 4-1 lead into halftime.

Daisy Sullivan lead the way for the Bulldogs, getting the hat-trick just 3:24 into the second half to give BBA the 5-1 lead.

"She was just really good at turning, looking and finishing today, and that's something we've been looking for is that finishing touch" said DeForest. "We've had opportunities, but we haven't always put it in the back of the net and today we put it in the back of the net." The Bulldogs kept Hurricanes keeper Katie McGrath busy in the first half. By the time Sullivan equalized with 29:19 remaining in the first half, McGrath had already made three of her 11 saves. McGrath turned BBA away five more times over the next 12 minutes before junior forward Lucy Bisselle was able to score what would be the game winner.

McGrath blocked a shot by Aggie Bisselle, but Lucy Bisselle rushed in for the rebound, driving it into the back of the net to give the Bulldogs the 2-1 advantage.

About six minutes later Sullivan would strike again.

Taking a shot from just outside the box in the center of the field, the ball struck the top of the post before settling in the back of the net.

A little over a minute later Jordan Harmon got a nice feed from Katy Jones for a breakaway. McGrath came up to challenge, but Harmon went around her before firing a shot into the back of the net to make it 4-1 with 10:22 remaining before the half.

After the game, DeForest not only praised the passing skills the team exhibited throughout the match but of Jones as well.

"Her feed from midfield there to Jordan on that breakaway goal, that was a perfect feed and a beautiful finish by Jordan," said DeForest. "She stepped around the goalie. She didn't try to chip it or drive her back into the goal with it. Step around her and pass it into the goal."

Hurricanes senior goalkeeper Megan Potter tallied four saves throughout the second half. BBA had two saves on the day.

Senior Emma Hallett also scored for the Bulldogs in the match.

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