Lady Pirates crush Corvallis 7-0
POLSON — The Lady Pirates righted their ship after a season-opening loss by completely controlling Corvallis in a 7-0 laugher in Polson Friday afternoon.
“Momentum. It’s all about momentum. I can’t say enough about it. Fortunately for us today, it went entirely one way,” Polson coach Michael Hewston said. “The key is to bounce back when the tide turns the other way. You got to find a way to fight through it, and that’s what they did today.”
The rout came at a perfect time for the Lady Pirates, right after a humbling 5-0 loss to Hamilton and right before a tough road trip against Park and Belgrade this weekend.
Striker Brynn Rowley opened the floodgates for the Lady Pirates by tapping in a cross from Sarah Devlin just eight minutes into the game. The junior would add her second goal of her varsity career four minutes into the second half to give the Lady Pirates a 3-0 lead.
“Brynn just has a knack for being in the right place at the right time,” Hewston said.
Devlin, Polson’s senior wing, who Hewston calls a “pit bull on wheels,” also had a pair of goals in the game to match her goal count from the past season.
“Our passing and just being at the right place at the right time,” is what Devlin credits for the Lady Pirates’ outburst.
Polson left winger Jordan Hinshaw gave the Lady Pirates’ a 2-0 lead heading into the locker with a booming kick from the corner in the 23rd minute.
Midfielder Maddie Hewston gave the Lady Pirates’ a 6-0 lead with a goal with 13:28 left in the game on a boot from about 35 yards out. Less than a minute later Laura Rost would cap the Lady Pirates’ scoring by one-touching a pass from Midfielder Reegan von Wildenradt pass the goalkeeper and into the upper-right corner. It was von Wildenradt’s third assist of the game.
The Lady Pirates completely dominated the game, playing almost the entire game on Corvallis’ side of the field and outshooting the Lady Blue Devils 43 to six and forcing the Corvallis goalkeeper to make 14 saves. Hewston credits his midfield for the complete domination.
“When you control the middle, you control the game, and Reegan and Maddie did a really great job in controlling the middle today,” Hewston said.
It wasn’t only von Wildenradt and Hewston that impressed the coach in the midfield. He said making her first varsity start, Olivia Hart knew when to press and when to comeback and defend.
While it’s hard to find fault in a 7-0 win, Hewston said he would like to see the team’s passing even faster and crisper against Park and Belgrade this weekend.
Polson 7, Corvallis 0
Polson 2 5–7
Corvallis 0 0–0