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October 19, 2012

Harty sets Beverly scoring marks as Panthers handle Salem

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Harty’s always been one of the fastest players on the pitch. Last year, she broke out with a 27 goals season and as a junior she’s grown even more confident, especially in her ability to finish around the net.

“Over the past few years she has always had the opportunities to finish but she has struggled actually putting them in. She has really worked hard and now she has a knack for hitting the net,” Simpson noted. “I think the biggest thing too, being a junior, she has a lot more confidence than she did her freshman and sophomore years. Every game she’s getting more and more confident and she keeps getting better and better.”

As for the coach who coached the coach who coaches Harty? Well, he too was in attendance. Salem skipper Fred Day used to coach Simpson when she played for the District U18 girls team as well as a women’s team in the summer.

“I coached Kristin (Simpson) back in the day. I know that was a big record and to do it so early in the season too. She (Harty) is a phenomenal player,” said Day.

Once Harty scored early in the first half and the monkey was off her back, everything seemed to keep moving in the right direction. An Eva Gourdeau shot that hit the cross bar bounced right back to Harty for her second goal of the game before she capitalized on an aerial -hrough bal,l beating a Salem defender in a foot race before calmly placing the ball in the far corner of the net. Harty added her fourth goal in the second half when she smoothly struck a left-footed shot into the far corner after getting behind the defense.

The ability to put the ball exactly where she wants it is one Harty believes crucial to her record-breaking scoring pace.

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