CARSON CITY — The Carson City-Crystal Eagles soccer team got into the win column in a big way Wednesday night.
The young program, which was given new life by the school’s Board of Education, extending the program another two years, showed its potential against the Chesaning Indians, earning an 8-0 mercy win at home for its first win of the season.
Second-year head coach Mallory Lynch called the win huge for her 19-member team, which is now 1-1 on the season.
“There’s a lot of girls who haven’t played. I only have five returning, so for them to come out in their second game of the season and get an 8-0 win, that’s a confidence booster from the get-go,” she said. “From this point on, it’s, hey, we were able to mercy a team, we can beat teams. That helped them get their confidence up and realize they really are good soccer players.”
The Eagles possessed the ball for much of the game, which Lynch credited her team for communicating and passing the ball well.
Sophomore forward Kaylee Reader scored midway through the first half, taking a shot in front of the goal net. Reeder was able to collect the ball from teammate Denise Oostinga, who led the offensive charge down the field to set up the goal.
Reeder finished with two goals, as did junior center midfielder Stella Klinger, who also had two assists.
Reeder would score the second goal on a rebound from a corner kick minutes later.
The sophomore said it felt great to get the first win of the season from a dominant performance, especially from many of the first-time players on the team.
“We practiced really hard. It was really great to win,” Reeder said. “I was really happy (with the first-year players). I was really glad they were getting what we’ve practiced. A lot of the girls haven’t played much and to see them out there making goals, it was just great to see that.”
Reeder and Lynch both liked the team’s passing abilities against the Indians.
“This game here showed a lot of improvement for moving the ball throughout the field. Our passing has been phenomenal for this game,” Lynch said. “Some of the things we learned at practice was to touch the ball and give it a pass, not just kick it, and they showed that.
Keeping the energy and spirits up for each of the next games will be key in the Eagles’ reaching their goal to surpass last year’s win totals, which was four.
“We just have to keep working hard and I expect the energy to keep up and win the next game,” Reeder said with confidence.
Lynch agreed, saying staying upbeat and continue working as a team are what can make all the difference.
“It helps to get some goals in the net and keep up that spirit to keep trying to win and keep getting those goals,” she said. “And then, obviously, the communication and teamwork, we need to keep that to go forward.”
Senior captain Ingrid Angaard had one goal and three assists and Alyssa Keck finished with one goal and two assists for the Eagles. Goalie Kolbi Humphrey finished with four saves and later played as fielder and earned a goal.
Rounding out the scoring was junior Sydney Evans who scored the team’s last goal.
The Eagles will play in a four-team tournament in Dansville Saturday and then head to Saranac for a road game on Tuesday.