Evans goal lifts Cambridge past Greenwich
CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. — It was just a matter of time before the Cambridge girls soccer team struck Monday afternoon against rival Greenwich.
Senior Vanessa Evans did the honors with the lone goal of the game, midway through the second half, propelling the Indians to a 1-0 win.
Evans was being targeted all game long by her Cambridge teammates, but didn't get many great opportunities on goal in the first half.
The defensive effort of Witches junior Molly Brophy bottled up Evans for most the first half and she marked the Indians' senior well in the second half.
On the goal-scoring play, Cambridge found Evans, who made a run down the right side of the pitch.
The crafty senior noticed Greenwich keeper Faith Hewitt a bit of the net to the side of her run. Evans decided to chip the keeper with her a perfectly hit ball to the upper left corner of the net to put the Indians ahead.
Evans had an very similar chance in the closing minutes with another great chip of the keeper, but that shot hit the crossbar.
Evans was Cambridge's leading goal-scorer last season and plays a critical role in the Indians' offense.
"Vanessa has a great shot, so I wasn't surprised that she was able to do that," said Cambridge coach Kayleigh Wiltey. "We had a ton of opportunities today and eventually it was going to get in. She saw her opportunity, she saw the goalkeeper coming out far and chipped it right over."
Evans' shot was one of many for the Indians in Monday's contest.
Cambridge controlled the possession battle, and with it, the shot advantage.
The Indians had many near-misses on shots, especially in the first half. Hewitt stood tall to the Cambridge attack throughout the game, making nine saves, a few of which in direct sequence.
"We went into this game and we knew we wanted to stay up," Wiltey said. "We knew we wanted to push our defense up and stay strong on offense. It was great to see how many shooting opportunities we got. I wish we could have scored a little more, but it will come."
Cambridge took 21 shots on the day, compared to the Witches' 10.
Greenwich put some pressure on the Indians' back line at times throughout the contest.
Especially down a goal, the Witches had some nice runs to try and knot the score, but Cambridge held strong defensively in those situations.
Indians keeper McKayla McLenithan wasn't tested much, with only three saves, but she made great decisions on when to come out and play the ball and when to stay back.
Madison Price made a nice defensive save as well, thwarting out a great scoring chance for Greenwich.
"McKayla really saved us in goal and Madison had that really nice save on the corner kick that could have tied it up," Wiltey said. "We were aggressive [defensively] and that was what we needed to do."
Cambridge continues league play on Wednesday when it takes on Hoosic Valley on the road at 4:15 p.m.
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