It has been a rough start to the 2014 season for the Sussex Central Golden Knights girls’ soccer team. After falling in a close contest to Delmarva Christian, the Golden Knights dropped their second contest in a row, a 9-0 decision to standout squad Caesar Rodney.
The Lady Riders dominated from the opening whistle jumping all over the Golden Knights before they knew what had hit them. Senior Alexa Faulmino broke through just 4:08 into the contest for the first of her four goals on the afternoon to give the Riders an early 1-0 lead.
Just over a minute later the Riders would strike again when Grace Wilt set up Cassidy Ramsey nicely on the doorstep putting CR up 2-0 less than six minutes into the game.
Wasting little time, Caesar Rodney continued the onslaught scoring again nearly a minute later as Faulmino tallied her second goal set up by Rachel Smith at 6:56 and CR led 3-0 in a blink of an eye.
Keeping the theme alive, the Lady Riders waited just over a minute to find the back of the net once again when Faulmino scored her second goal in a row, and third of the game, thanks to a Haley Prillaman setup and trouncing was on.
Faulmino would add another goal, as would Lexi Prillaman and Aleya Cummings before the first half was through and the Lady Riders led Sussex Central 8-0 at the break.
Haley Prillaman would tally one final goal for the Lady Riders in the second half to give CR the 9-0 victory.
Throughout the tough match up for Sussex Central, the goalkeeping tandem of Jada Smack and Kangya Huang did their best to keep the Rider offense at bay combining to make 14 saves in the loss.
While the season has not begun the way the Golden Knights may have wanted, growing pains for the youthful and inexperienced team was expected. After coming up with a game plan to slow down Delmarva Christian’s Haley Timko and Amanda Williams in the opener the team wasn’t able to execute and lost a 2-1 game thanks to two goals from Williams.
“The Delmarva Christian match was a tough game to lose. I feel as though our youth and inexperience hurt us,” said Sussex Central head coach Patrick Kilby. ”This is not a negative response to the result of the game, however, a teaching point as our youth have not learned how to game plan and prepare for the opposition.”
Central’s weaknesses were on full display against a very talented Caesar Rodney squad. And while they were disappointed with the result the Golden Knights are still taking the season one game at a time, taking the small positives out of every match up as they groom their young talent.
“There were a few positives that we took away from this match,” said Kilby. “Jennifer Peasnall shut down Lexi Prillaman for 32 minutes in the first half, Jennifer has great size, a very strong work ethic, and she is one of our smartest defenders.”
“We also looked at CR’s formation and took a few strategies that they implement that would work towards our strengths,” Kilby said. “We kept the experience against CR very positive. When you’re playing a team that has 16 club player and half of their roster play for the Delaware Olympic Development Program you have to put things into perspective.”