PCA Girls Soccer Win 7-1
Photos from the game and Foster’s Article on the Girls Soccer team’s 7-1 win vs. Farmington. Lindsay Towle’s hat trick leads PCA past Farmington
Good things happen by being first on the ball. For the Portsmouth Christian Academy girls soccer team, the early arrivals resulted in its first win. On the strength of junior Lindsay Towle’s hat trick that fueled an early four-goal flurry, the Eagles cruised to a 7-1 victory Wednesday over Farmington in Division IV.
The offense equaled PCA’s output in its first seven games combined. Although the Eagles improved to 1-6-1 overall, they are 1-1-1 in their last three games.
“What we preached at the beginning of the game was that we’ve got to be first to every ball,” said PCA coach Derek Summers. “We’re not back on our heels. We’re going to win every loose ball.”
After being blanked in their first four contests, the Tigers (0-6) have scored three goals in their last two.
Towle scored three of Portsmouth Christian’s first four goals and assisted on the other by junior Madison Thyng, who set up Towle’s third goal.
“Lindsay is having a quality season,” Summers said. “She’s very aggressive. I’m asking a lot of her and she’s given it to us.”
Amy Ponchak made it 5-0 later in the first half, and Elise Nanda and Abigail Barker added second-half tallies.
“We were just trying to keep our head and focus on taking what we practiced and putting it into the game,” Towle said, “and having good touches and controlling possession and really just controlling the intensity of the game.”
Portsmouth Christian was able to capitalize on several weak goal kicks to help jump-start the attack.
The Eagles scored all the goals they needed when Towle and Thyng collaborated twice in the early minutes. Thyng netted what turned out to be the game-winner off a nifty feed from Towle that made it 2-0.
“I think the passing was definitely a lot better than what we’ve seen in past (games),” Towle said. “We were able to control the ball and get it to our players’ feet and then do something with it.”
The Eagles went up 3-0 on Towle’s left-footer from 20 yards, and she completed her hat trick shortly afterward by sinking a feed from Thyng.
“I’ve believed all season that we are better than our record stated,” Summers said. “We’ve played a tough schedule. Hopefully this gets some momentum going and we can carry it on.”
From Foster’s Daily Democrat
by Al Pike