Assistant Sports Editor
MANCHESTER -- Three goals in the second half was enough for the Burr and Burton Academy girls soccer team to top Otter Valley 4-0 on Tuesday afternoon on the Burr and Burton Campus.
Jordan Harmon, Daisy Sullivan, Aggie Bisselle, and Lauren Keyes were all on target for the Bulldogs in the win.
"Otter Valley came to play in the first half," coach Dan DeForest said. "But because we had a deep bench and they didn't, on a hot day like this, we had to keep at them. Put fresh legs out there and keep running them hard."
In the first half, the Bulldogs would take just five minutes to get on the board.
Sullivan, stalking the Otters defense deep in their own territory, capitalized on an errant header and was able to take control of the ball with her knee before putting a shot into the upper netting.
But throughout the rest of the half, the Bulldogs were not able to find the net again. While the team was able to control play and move the ball foward, DeForest was barking for his team to get a shot on net.
Harmon would see two shots go just over the top of the crossbar, and in the final minute of the half Sullivan saw two shots blocked by Otter Valley's Michelle Maseroni.
But after a halftime talk, the Bulldogs came out in the second and immediately started finding the net.
"At the start of the second half, that was the best start we have had all year," DeForest said.
Diedre Walsh would get the Bulldogs off on the right foot when she put a shot just across the face of goal. Moments later, and Emma Hallet watched a rocket from outside the box skim over the crossbar.
The pressure would pay off after six minutes.
Awarded a corner, Sullivan stepped up to take the kick. She whipped the ball in towards the back post, where Harmon was waiting to smash the ball home with her head.
"Jordan went to the far post and looked to see if she could get a run on something," DeForest said. "That isn't easy to do."
Six minutes later, and Harmon would turn provider.
Whipping in a cross of her own, she picked out Bisselle on the far side of the field. Bisselle would swing before taking a touch, sending the volley into the net for a 3-0 lead.
"That goal that Aggie scored, one touch full run into the goal, that is unstoppable against any goalie," DeForest said.
The Bulldogs would come close to adding a fourth just minutes later, as Harmon nailed the crossbar on a shot only for the ball to fall to Lucy Bisselle. But Bisselle's effort went just wide and out of play.
Keyes netted the fourth for the Bulldogs. Picking up a loose ball inside the Otters' box, Keyes poked the ball home to give the team a 4-0 lead.
Katy Jones nearly netted a fifth for the Bulldogs late in the game, but one of her shots nailed the post, while the other went inches wide at the near post.
The Otters nearly picked up a consolation goal in the dying minutes of the game, but Jessica Frazier saw her shot on net saved by Samantha Sullivan.
The Bulldogs move to 7-3 with the win.