Cheshire High coach James Luis addressed the Rams after the team's 6-0 win over Lyman Hall Friday. Luis stressed converting offensive chances in the practices leading up to the game and the team delivered. Photo by Andrew Badillo
By Andrew Badillo
CHESHIRE--Goals have been hard to come by for the Cheshire High School girls soccer team this season, but not in Friday afternoon’s 6-0 rout of Lyman Hall. The Rams came into the game having scored only six goals all season -- a mark they doubled against the Trojans.
“We were definitely more goal driven today and attacked the goal a lot better,” Cheshire forward Elizabeth Lurz said after the game.
Lurz came in as a sub early in the first half and made a difference, scoring two of the team’s six goals.
“They were great assists. They were definitely really good through balls and it was built up really well to get to that point,” Lurz said about her goals.
The win boosts the Rams to 4-5-2 overall and 2-2-2 in the Housatonic League, while Lyman Hall (3-7-3) remains winless in six league games.
For Rams head coach James Luis, shooting on goal was the focal point of practice all week. It translated to the game Friday night.
“Putting shots actually on frame instead of everywhere but… We struggled for most part of the season in actually getting shots on target and they did a good job of that today,” Luis said.
Luis attributed his team’s 10 shots on goal to its ability to move the ball and switch the field.
“Moving the ball is always important. It allows us to the keep the ball and actually rest while the defending team is doing a lot more work than we are,” Luis said. “So certainly it wears them down and we were able to get a lot of goals, obviously.”
Cheshire jumped out to a 3-0 lead just 10 minutes into the game.
Sensing the game getting out of hand, Luis viewed it as an opportunity for his bench players to get some action.
“It’s always important, especially for them, to play. They want to represent their school regardless of what age or what grade level they’re in,” Luis said. “Getting on the field and getting that opportunity is important to them.”
Cheshire came into the season having lost 17 seniors to graduation. While it has taken a while for the team to mesh, this game was certainly a step in the right direction.
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