EVERETT — Thursday’s ICC girls’ soccer match between Everett and Northern Bedford went a lot like the popular song ‘Cha Cha Slide’.
While passes criss-crossed across the field, the shots went sliding past the goal. The game was also highlighted by a goal reversal.
While both teams had several looks at the net, it was the Everett Lady Warriors who netted a pair of goals in a 2-0 victory.
“Our passing was better this game than it has been in games past,” said Everett coach Rom Kalinauskas. “It was a good game.”
“Defensively we did a nice job. We were always on the ball, winning the 50-50 balls.”
In a tight, physical battle it was senior Kaitlyn Maxwell who netted both of the hosts’ goals.
She first found the cross bar three minutes into the game before Northern Bedford had a goal waived off due to offsides.
“She should have had a couple of more goals than she had,” Kalinauskas added. “She’s an outstanding ball handler.”
Sydney Coffey gave the Everett keeper, Molly Cessna, trouble as she took a shot and the Everett keeper lost track of the ball. With two Everett defenders swarming her, Coffey put the ball into the back of the net, but the officials waived the goal off after claiming Coffey was offsides.
With the game still scoreless, the two team went back to work, with several shots and passes going wide of the goal.
With 26 minutes left in the opening half, Coffey had another shot on goal. Four minutes later, Everett’s Addison Smith threatened for the hosts, but NBC keeper Evie Long came out and made the save.
With 20 minutes remaining in the opening half, maxwell ripped a shot right to the Northern keeper, while Gabby Bulger added a shot on goal a minute later for the hosts.
Back and forth the two teams tried to get the first goal and Maxwell netted the opening goal with 4:34 left to play in the first half as the Lady Warriors held a 1-0 lead at the half.
Everett switched keepers at the start of the second half, replacing Cessna with Kara Valentine. Cessna finished the first half with three saves, while Valentine added two.
Long opened the second half with a save on Everett’s Regan Seville, bumping the Lady Warrior’s shot over the cross bar and out of play.
“We had some fresh goal keepers who never played a varsity match in goal before,” Kalinauskas explained. “They did a nice job for us. They did well.”
Following an injury time out for Northern Bedford, Maxwell fell to the ground as she scored on a pass from Kristen Ewing with 25:10 left to play.
Northern Bedford took control of the possession following Maxwell’s second goal, but most of their shots went wide or over the goal — much like the Lady Warriors’ attempts as the game came to an end.
Northern Bedford coach Barb Zanella saw the heart and hustle her team displayed in the loss.
“It was a good game. The girls fought hard,” she explained. “There were chances for both teams. Everett capitalized.
“We had a lot of opportunities. The one we had called back, it was tough on the girls. They played a good game. They were passing well, they were moving well.
“Everett played well too. It was just a tough game.”
Both teams are back in action on Monday and on the road.
Northern Bedford visits Conemaugh Township while Everett faces McConnellsburg.
EVERETT 2, NORTHERN BEDFORD 0
Northern Bedford 0 0 — 0
Everett 1 1 — 2