DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — His offense stricken with injuries, John Bapst girls soccer coach Gary Sinclair knows that scoring balance up front is going to be pivotal for the next couple weeks.
The Crusaders provided plenty of it Wednesday afternoon, as Jordan Myerowitz and Casey McGuire scored two goals apiece with Jenny Kane adding another as the Crusaders from Bangor blanked Foxcroft Academy 5-0.
Bapst, which is missing offensive threats Kirsty Moriarty (knee) and Sierra Pierce (ankle), dominated the midfield from start to finish and had a decisive edge in ball possession.
Myerowitz, a senior forward who primarily plays in the midfield or back line, got the scoring started 3:08 into the match, as she emerged unmarked in the center of the penalty area and one-touched a pass from Kristyn Gerow.
Myerowitz scored her second goal on a corner kick 5:47 into the second half, when the ball deflected off a Foxcroft defender into the net.
Kane scored on a penalty kick 13 minutes later, and McGuire netted the final two goals, the first of which was assisted by Sarah Pyne on a perfectly executed through ball down the left side enabling McGuire to break in alone on Ponies’ goalkeeper Sarah Whittemore.
Bapst, which improves to 5-3, gained a confidence booster after tough losses to Caribou on Saturday and Presque Isle on Monday.
“Those two were tough losses, it’s nice that we finally got a win,” said Myerowitz. “Those other games were really close, with Presque Isle we were right with them, but it’s nice to just go get our confidence back up.”
Myerowitz knows that attackers such as her, McGuire, a freshman and Kane, a sophomore, are going to have to rise to the forefront.
“Usually I’m in the midfield or defense but I had to play up front this game,” Myerowitz said.
The Crusaders outshot the Ponies 30-6 and had golden opportunities for more goals, but one shot hit the crossbar in the first half and Bapst failed to convert on two previous penalty kicks before Kane’s.
“I felt we controlled the bigger part of the game and to not be able to put it in [was frustrating],” Sinclair said. “That stuff’s going to start going our way eventually I would think.”
Bapst’s back line had a bit of trouble marking Foxcroft senior forward Shee-Ann Sargent in the first half, but junior midfielder Taylor Edgecomb did an effective job of marking her in the second.
“Taylor can stop just about anybody you put her on,” Sinclair said.
Throughout the second, whenever the Poines would penetrate into the offensive end, Bapst’s back line would be quick to chip the ball ahead to its midfielders and Foxcroft struggled to penetrate toward the net.
Sinclair hopes to get Moriarty back in the next week and a half, along with Pierce and goalkeeper Laura Jordan (head injury).
The good news is that after Friday’s game at Bucksport, the Crusaders don’t have another match until Oct. 3 in Presque Isle.
“We’ll go light [in practice] and try to get everybody back healthy,” Sinclair said.
Whittemore played a solid game in goal for the 3-3-1 Ponies, coming up with 11 saves while Mandy Sawyer had two for John Bapst.