Girls beat long-time rival Stoneleigh Burnham School (who came in with a 3-0 record) yesterday in a spirited game in 80+ degree heat. The game was closer than the score would indicate, with aggressive play by both teams throughout. Stoneleigh Burnham School has been Dublin's toughest opponent in the RVAL league and Dublin has not been able to overcome them on the soccer pitch before yesterday.
Dublin struck early on a rebound goal from Adunni Abrams (Brooklyn, NY) and built a 3-0 lead by controlling the ball and the pace of the game. Stella Davis (Dublin, NH) struck twice to build the 3-0 lead. Mid-way through the first half, Stoneleigh Burnham School found the back of the net and SBS picked up their play throughout the half as Dublin made frequent substitutions to deal with the heat and humidity.
Coming out of the half, it felt like the kind of game where the next goal would decide things by giving one team the momentum. SBS controlled the ball early, but Dublin counterattacked, getting Abrams open in front of the net to open a 4-1 lead. Freshman Liza Runyon (Peterborough, NH) scored her second goal in two games on a pure hustle play challenging the goalie in front of the net to put Dublin up 5-1 with 20 minutes to play. With the game in hand, Dublin got some newer players heavily involved in the last 20. SBS scored their last goal on a perfectly placed penalty kick late in the match.
Dublin midfielders Robyn McIntosh (Chelsea, Canada); Bette Imhoff (Dublin, NH) and Olivia O'Rourke (Peterborough, NH) had big games in turning back the SBS opportunities and distributing the ball to the front line. The defense of Tatiyana Dunkers (Newark, NJ); McLaren Bristol (Greensboro, NC); Clare Fowler (Greenwich, NY) and Josie Switzer (Marlborough, NH) and goalie Alissa Muise (Blue Hill, ME) was again solid and gave SBS very few follow-up opportunities.