The following was submitted to Stoughton Patch:
On a near-typical late fall day made for soccer—sunny, a bit cool, windy and a slightly damp playing surface from the previous week’s rain, the Stoughton High girls’ soccer team travelled to Fontbonne Academy on Monday for their first of three straight road matches and came away with a 4-2 win.
It marked the first time this season that Stoughton has won consecutive games.
The Black Knights were fresh off their largest offensive output of the season, a at home last Thursday, and Stoughton looked to improve on their performance, having already in Stoughton back on Sept. 26.
Senior tri-captain Alicia Macomber got the Black Knights off on the right foot Monday at Fontbonne with a nifty series of dribbling moves through the defense and fired a shot from 10-yards out to the left of the goalie that deflected off a defender and into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.
Senior tri-captain Mikayla Williams then followed midway through the period on a great individual effort to put Stoughton up 2-0.
Fontbonne added pressure late in the half with successive shots by Junior midfielder Roisin Henry (Quincy), the first that went off the right post and later, a line drive from 15-yards out that was deflected away on a leaping jump by Sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Berkowsky.
The two teams traded field position and scoring chances but neither could capitalize and score leaving it 2-0 at the half.
In the second half, Henry followed a ball into the offensive zone, gained possession and fired a crossing shot past a diving Berkowsky from 10-yards out to cut Stoughton’s lead to 2-1.
But, Williams then got on the board again early in the second half with a 25-yard blast from the center of the field to put Stoughton back up by two scores, 3-1.
Megan Crimmins followed midway through the second half to give Stoughton a comfortable 4-1 lead.
Both teams picked up the intensity as each team continued to produce scoring chances.
Freshman Shelby Sprague hit three posts in a 15 minute span and nearly connected on a nice spin move from the side of the box with her shot just sailing wide, and Fontbonne had two near breakaways in the second half that Berkowsky was able to clear, including one on a head first dive and scramble at the top of the box.
Fontbonne added a goal late on a nice shot by senior co-captain forward Brianna Foley (Quincy) to make it 4-2 but Stoughton’s defense clamped down and kept them off the board the rest of the way for the 4-2 victory.
Stoughton moves to 5-8-2 and travels to on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. kickoff. Fontbonne (3-10) travels to Sharon on Wednesday.