GHSA Class A girls soccer state playoffs, first round: Brookstone ousted by Calvary Day

Savannah Morning NewsMay 9, 2012 

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- With sheets of rain pouring down Wednesday on the Calvary Day field, conditions were less than ideal for a soccer match.

But the Cavalier girls didn't seem to care. They played a scrappy brand of soccer en route to a 4-1 win over visiting Brookstone in the first round of the Georgia High School Association Class A girls soccer playoffs.

Calvary Day will host the winner of Holy Innocents' and Paideia Saturday at a time to be announced.

"This is the most rain I've ever played in," said Calvary senior Teta Alexander, who scored a pair of goals. "It made your clothes heavy, so it was hard to run. It was tough to see, and you had to kick the ball a lot harder."

Brookstone came out aggressive early on as Kristen Young fired a shot that hit the right post in the seventh minute. The deluge started midway through the first half, but, without any trace of lightning, the game continued.

Calvary Day broke through for a goal in the 23rd minute, when Alexander, originally from Liberia, took a pass from Catherine Kimball and made a run up the left side of the field before firing a left-footed shot past the Brookstone keeper. Calvary led 1-0 at the half.

Young took another hard shot in the 46th minute for Brookstone, with Calvary keeper Shelby Howard making a diving save. But Howard couldn't stop Young on her next opportunity. In the 51st minute, Young broke past the defense up the right side of the field and fired from close range to find the back of the net and tie the match at 1-1.

The Cavaliers didn't take long to answer. Just 3 minutes later, sophomore Samantha Canady found the back of the net on another assist by Kimball.

In the 63rd minute, the Cavaliers scored off a set piece when Rachel Connell took a free kick from 23 yards out that the Brookstone keeper couldn't corral. Alexander was there to knock in the rebound for her second goal of the match.

Wednesday at Calvary Day

Goals--CD, Teta Alexander 2, Samantha Canady, Morgan Connell. B, Kristen Young. Assists--CD, Catherine Kimball 2, Rachel Connell. Records--CD 14-1. Brookstone 11-6.

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