2A girls' soccer: Waterford cruises past South Summit
Sandy • In many ways, 2013 was a dream season for the South Summit Wildcats girls' soccer team.
South Summit made it all the way to the Class 2A state quarterfinal round Saturday after winning only two games last season.
And that's where the wake-up call came.
Two-time defending Class 2A state champion Waterford (11-4) dominated the visiting Wildcats in the first half, scoring three goals before intermission, then cruised to a 5-0 win.
"We're playing our best soccer right now," Waterford coach Tim Dolbin said. "In my view, we got off to a bit of a slow start to the season, but we're playing good ball peaking at the right time."
"This team, aside from individually, is a lot more tactically and technically sound [than other opponents]," first-year South Summit coach Anthony Hardy said about the Ravens. "They know how to move the ball around."
Scoring chances for the host Ravens came at a rate of one per minute in the first seven minutes of the game. But the contest remained scoreless until the 14th minute, when freshman Maddie Duke converted on a pass from junior Jacqueline Pollard.
Waterford's KitKat Morrill shot into the cross bar and the ball deflected into the goal for a 2-0 lead.
Pollard and Duke reversed roles from their first tally just before the half was over. The third goal came when Duke found Pollard open in front of the South Summit net, and Pollard shot past Wildcats keeper Hannah Howels.
"We only have two seniors, but it's a seasoned team because a lot of these girls have been in a starting role since the ninth grade," Dolbin said. "We have a core of 11th graders who have been playing for quite awhile."
Morrill, one of those juniors, registered two more goals on breakaways in the second half to finish the scoring. South Summit (10-6) had its best chance to score come up short when a shot by Kaylie Farmer deflected off the cross bar, but not the same way Morrill's first tally did.
"We're out in a rural community where we just play soccer during the school year," Hardy said. "Down here, they play year-round, so it puts us at a bit of a disadvantage."
Storylines Waterford 5, South Summit 0
R KitKat Morrill scores three goals to carry the two-time defending state champion Ravens back to the state semifinals.
• Waterford has outscored its opponents 12-1 in two postseason games.