TAMPA – Tampa Prep girls soccer coach Cindy Schofield thought Monday would be the day she’d finally have her starting goalkeeper back in the net. And it would came at no better time -- against rival Berkeley Prep.
It didn’t work out that way.
A broken thumb in the preseason had kept MacKenzie Logan from playing keeper this season, and a stomach bug kept her out for one more game Monday.
So Schofield was forced to play sophomore Carly Reiner, who has never played keeper before, in the net against the Bucs, marking the Terps’ fourth starting keeper just 10 games into the season.
But the Terrapins offense took care of the rest, scoring the game’s first three goals in a 4-2 victory, giving Tampa Prep its first win over Berkeley in nearly three years.
“We worked hard and we didn’t quit,” Schofield said. “We didn’t let our emotions get the best of us, which easily could have happened in the second half. I think for us, this win is huge because it’s our first big win of the season.”
Junior LSU commit Colby Maffei scored goals in the 50th and 68th minute and sophomore Alexandra Daley added a goal and an assist. Senior Alyssa Bryant scored first for Tampa Prep (7-3) in the 23rd minute.
After Tampa Prep went out to a 3-0 lead after Maffei’s second goal, Berkeley Prep (4-3) made it a game with a pair of goals in a two-minute span – Taylor Richardon’s looper over Reiner (74th minute) and a score by MacKenzie Dagostino (75th minute) on a breakaway.
But just as quickly as Berkeley rallied, Daley scored in the 76th minute on a goal that came after a whistle was blown. Buccaneers coach Ken Roberts was issued a red card for contesting the call.
For Berkeley, the game was the first with a full squad after an early-season rash of injuries and players still involved in fall sports. Two weekends ago, the Bucs had to cancel a two-game trip to Orlando because they had just nine players.
“We’ve basically played every game with 13,” Roberts said. “I think after the last few years, Tampa Prep really wanted the game more than we did. We will have an opportunity to play again this year which will be good.”