Indians score four in second half to top Bengals

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. — Heading into the second half on Wednesday, the Cambridge girls soccer team was searching for a spark.

Thanks to Miranda Seacord, the Indians found what they were looking for.

Seacord scored two minutes into the half, opening the gates to a 4-1 win over Tamarac.

"If Miranda can play well, we can beat any team," said first-year coach Joe Celeste. "She was a little flatfooted, but when she comes into space, she's almost unbeatable."

With a 1-0 lead, Cambridge kept the pressure on, something that paid off almost immediately. Taylor Stallmer got the ball a long ways out off a pass from Hailey Herrington, took a touch and looped a shot toward the net that went high up and just over the outstretched hands of Tamarac goalie KC Champagne to make it 2-0.

"Taylor passes the ball, moves well, and when she gets a foot on the ball, she's dangerous," Celeste said. "She finds the gaps and finishes, so I'm lucky."

With 18 minutes left in regulation, the Bengals started to press up, looking for a score. In turn, Celeste packed in his defense, a smart tactic as Tamarac players were consistently marked by an Indians defender.

Tamarac forced Cambridge keeper Victoria Dupuis to make a jumping save at one point and a couple moments later, nearly scored on a shot that skirted wide.

Eventually, the strategy paid off in the counter attack. The ball got to Helen Mooney, who sent a high, long through ball to Seacord, who ran on it, maneuvered past Champagne coming off her line and tapped in for a 3-0 advantage.

"We were looking for our third goal, because a 2-0 lead is the hardest to defend," Celeste said. "I packed everyone in and when we were looking for the third goal that's what we got. We're lucky to have Helen's big foot back there. We can run in on the counter attack."

In the final five minutes, Tamarac got on the board themselves when Lauren Lockrow got free behind the defense and hit a shot that Dupuis deflected but went in anyway.

"Victoria's positioning is excellent," Celeste said. "She doesn't have the best hands, but she's always in a good position to play the ball," Celeste said.

Dupuis made 10 saves on the day, while Champagne had six stops.

Stallmer scored the final goal of the afternoon with 30 seconds to go, a lefty shot to the back post.

The Indians improve to 5-2, while Tamarac drops to 4-3.


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