Sullivan nets three as Bulldogs roll

MANCHESTER -- The bad news for the Burr and Burton Academy girls soccer team is that they conceded the first goal of the 2014 season.

The good news is they responded by scoring the next nine to post a resounding 9-1 win over Hartford on Friday afternoon.

Senior Daisy Sullivan found the target three times, twice in the first half and once in the second, to lead the Bulldogs, and six other BBA players tallied in the rout.

Obviously, I am very happy with the outcomes today," BBA coach Suzanne Mears said. "We controlled the ball, and that's what I've been impressing upon them: Control the ball, keep the ball at your feet and let them chase that, and they did that."

The opener for Hartford came less than four minutes into the game.

BBA goalie Joanna Jorgensen, trying to play the ball out of the back while Hartford pressed high up the field, sent an errant pass that Jackie Noyes was able to pick up and loft over Jorgensen's head.

"We were frantic in moments, but they composed themselves and kept themselves calm when they needed to," Mears said. "I can't really say much, they did a great job. It was everything we've been working on, so it was nice to see it come together here and gel."

The scoring for BBA started five minutes after the opener and came from freshman midfielder Hannah Pinkus. Six minutes later and Sullivan scored her first on a nice pass from another freshman, Bella Dworkin. Goals three and four came just 30 seconds apart, with junior Aggie Bisselle converting on a pass from Pinkus then, on the restart, freshman Georgia Lord managed to corral the ball in a mess of players inside the Hurricanes' box and put it around McGrath.

"The one thing that I feel really fortunate about is that we are one unit. We aren't seniors, juniors, sophomores and freshmen," Mears said in regards to the contributions from her freshmen in the game. "Our team, collectively, we have so much depth and so much skill that yeah, a freshman is going to be able to come in and just step up to the game like they did today and give us some good, quality minutes."

Goal five came through Una Langren, who scored at an acute angle from the left side of the field on what looked to be a speculative attempt. Instead, the ball found the net on the far side. Sullivan scored the sixth after Lord dribbled through the heart of the Hartford midfield, and Megan Grabher rounded out the scoring in the half with just 18 seconds left.

In the second half, Sullivan opened the scoring by getting on the end of a long pass from Pinkus.

"Daisy is the ultimate epitome of a true veteran," Mears said. "She is a superstar out there, and you can't ask for anything more than her. She fights, she gives 110 percent, she fights for very ball, she turns on a dime, she places the ball, she knows exactly where she should be at all times."

The final tally came on a corner with Dworkin hitting it in and junior Stephanie Boucher getting the final touch on the ball before it found the net.

After giving up the opening goal, Jorgensen rebounded well in the second half by tallying all three of her saves, including one on a penalty kick. Hartford was awarded the kick when senior Hayley Sabol was ruled to have dragged down a Hartford player. Noyes took the kick, but her shot hit off the top of the crossbar and came straight down, allowing Jorgensen to gobble the ball up before Noyes could get on the rebound. McGrath finished with eight saves.

BBA is now 1-0 on the year, while Hartford falls to 0-1. The Bulldogs return to action next Wednesday when they travel to Mill River.


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