Get the ball to the goal and good things will happen.
Freshman Charlotte Esty didn’t score a goal in Pingree’s 2-0 win over Kimball Union in the Northeastern Prep School Athletic Conference girls soccer quarterfinals yesterday, but without her, the Highlanders wouldn’t be heading to this weekend’s semifinals.
Senior co-captain Katlyn Oliver of Danvers and sophomore Emma Whalen both scored second-half goals off Esty rebounds as Pingree (13-4-1) executed exactly the way head coach Doc Simpson wanted to see.
“We had a game plan coming in,” Simpson said. “The girls did a very good job of executing it. They played really well.”
The plan was to get the ball to the top of the box, where Esty and the rest of the Pingree forwards could make things happen. Oliver was able to head in the ball off a rebound after an Esty shot, and Whalen added the insurance marker 15 minutes later when she capitalized after another Esty shot was turned away.
Meanwhile on defense, Kristina Caradonna, Oliver, Eliza Steele, Karly Cohen, Jacky Maren and senior co-captain Margot Grinnell of Marblehead all worked really well together as a unit despite having to deal with injuries throughout the game. Goalkeeper Erin Cunningham provided the backline with all the support it would need to record the shutout.
Pingree will play in the NEPSAC semifinals on Saturday, with the opponent and location yet to be determined.