Business as usual for girls soccer

Panthers earn a win against town rival


Photo courtesy of Jim Rosa

On Monday, September 30th, 2019, Point Boro girls soccer faced up against Point Beach to add another chapter to the Beach vs. Boro rivalry. Beach has had the upper hand by winning the two previous times these teams have met, but Boro was out for revenge this time around. Coming into this game, Boro held a 2-8 record, with Boro senior Heather Van Deventer leading the team in scoring with two goals, while Beach entered the game with a 5-3 record, with Emma Acanfora leading in scoring with eight goals, as well as two assists. 

Before the game, Coach Edolo described that although the team did prepare differently for Beach vs. Boro, it was only due to injuries, and “as much as we like to pretend that [a rivalry game] means something, it’s just another game.” In terms of impactful players, Boro senior Megan Feehan plays a pivotal role in the defense and in the words of Coach Edolo is, “…irreplaceable.” Another player that is expected to play a key role in the team is Boro freshman Anna McCourt, as “she’s got a little something extra to her that not too many players have,” Coach Edolo explained.

As the game got underway, Boro jumped on them early as Boro freshman Madison Bjorndahl tapped in a follow up shot from senior Kelly Favato that rebounded off the goalie. Not long after, Heather Van Deventer scored a goal off of a 1v1 situation with the keeper, that put Boro up 2-0, ten minutes into the first half. Boro held the possession for the remainder of the first half and held Beach scoreless into halftime. Beach tried to mount a comeback with a crossbar-and-in goal from Beach freshman Naima Shortridge, but it was not enough. The final score was 2-1 and Boro secured a must-win game over a tough town rival.