Calhoun’s attack was firing on all cylinders Wednesday evening and it powered the Colts to a big conference win.
Kerry Pearson, Katie Healy and Ariel Tillman all scored in the first half for visiting Calhoun in its 3-0 win over Port Washington in a Nassau AA-I girls soccer game.
“We passed the ball well, created chances and put goals into the net,” Healy said. “We kept our energy up and played our game.”
“We played an aggressive front, found some space in between their backline and did a good job right away of finishing,” coach James Raucci said. “We also played patiently, kept the ball at our feet and played poised.”
The game was a rematch of last season’s county semifinal when Healy assisted Annie Coogan’s go-ahead goal in the 61st minute in a 1-0 Calhoun victory. On Wednesday, the Colts opened the scoring much earlier, as Pearson gave them the lead in the seventh minute.
She fired home from close range after receiving a through ball by Sarah Tappeto, setting the pace early.
“We were really pumped up after losing our last game to East Meadow, and we really wanted to come out fast,” Pearson said.
The Colts (2-1) doubled their lead seven minutes later, after Tappeto took a throw-in that bounced to Healy, who flicked a header off the post and into the back of the net.
Calhoun kept the pressure on Port Washington (0-3), controlling possession and keeping the ball in the Vikings’ half of the field for the majority of the first half. In the 23rd minute, the Colts got their third goal, when Taylor Curcio found Tillman with a through ball, which Tillman tapped past the goalkeeper to the far post.
“We have a lot of different weapons on this team,” Raucci said of his offense, which also includes Coogan, who scored eight goals for the Colts last season.
Their lead could have been larger, if not for a number of stops made by Port Washington keeper Robyn Hansen, including a point-blank save two minutes before halftime. Hansen finished with five saves.
With the Calhoun midfielders and forwards creating chances upfront, sweeper Mia Advocate, keeper Julia Miguel (four saves) and the Colts backline took care of business at the other end.
“We had our minds set on scoring and getting the win,” Tillman said. “We’ll keep pushing and if we do what we did today, we’ll have a great season.”