Opportunity has been one of the stories the Arlington High School girls soccer team is telling this year.
The Admirals have stressed hard work, and giving each player a chance to exhibit their skills. And that workflow brought Arlington to a 3-0 win over visiting Roy C. Ketcham on Tuesday in Freedom Plains.
“We try to give everyone an opportunity to show how well they can play,” said Arlington coach Kieran McIlvenny, whose team improved to 10-2. “The girls have been showing positive passion, it’s been tremendous. The girls are excited about how they’re playing.”
Abby Carlin scored the Admirals’ first goal 28 minutes into the first half on an assist from Melanie Sarnicola. It was Carlin’s first goal of the season.
In the second half, Taylor James scored with an assist from Meggie Buttinger. Bryn Thompson later scored on an assist from Kaylee Sturans.
Each of the Admirals received playing time, the coach said.
“It’s a testament to their hard work,” McIlvenny said. “We’ve been trying to ensure everyone gets a chance to contribute.”
Ketcham fell to 5-6-1 with the loss. However, the Indians created chances and played “organized” on defense, McIlvenny said.
McIlvenny also admitted he expected a battle, noting Ketcham had “a couple of strong games.”
Ketcham visits Mahoapc at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, while Arlington will host Carmel at the same time. The Admirals met Carmel on Sept. 27 and won, 4-1.
McIlvenny anticipates another good game — and he plans to stick with the game plan.
“Carmel gave us a tough match last time,” the coach said. “We’ll be trying to rotate players in and keep them fresh.”
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