Senior forward Olivia Davidovich netted a hat trick to lead the Dover girls soccer team over St. Elizabeth 4-0 on Monday afternoon.
Davidovich, who also had an assist, had two penalty kicks. Junior midfielder Shadira Chaupis had a goal, while sophomore forward/midfielder Yaritza Cirineo and sophomore defender Hannah Pyrzynski each had assists.
“They’ve always been a competitor for us,” Davidovich said of the Panthers. “We just knew we had to get them under and get this win for us. We played good, a little bit slow but we started to pick it up and then put them away in the second half.”
Davidovich scored her first goal of the game on an assist from Cirineo in the ninth minute to give the Tigers (2-4) a 1-0 lead. Davidovich scored again in the 13th minute on a penalty kick to give Dover a 2-0 advantage.
“The ball from the midfield,” Davidovich answered when asked what was clicking for the Tigers in the first half. “They were just feeding me nice balls and some balls from our stopper Hannah (Pyrzynski), she fed me a nice ball down there to get us in for our first PK.”
Chaupis scored the next goal in the 28th minute on assists from Pyrzynski and Davidovich for the 3-0 lead, and Davidovich notched her second penalty kick of the game in the sixth minute of the second half for the 4-0 final.
Dover took 10 shots on goal and junior goalie Andrea Morales made three saves. The Panthers (1-4) made four shots and junior goalie Gianna Falcone made 11 stops.
St. Elizabeth, which finished 2-17 last season, has a new coach at the helm this year. Maura Ryan takes over a team that is comprised mostly of underclassmen who are still trying to gel and find their rhythm on the field.
“This season’s been a little different,” Ryan said. “We’re a really young team and it’s my first season so we’re basically one game at a time. We want to work on small individual battles, like winning balls in the air and trying to win the small stuff so we can win the whole game.”
Despite their youth the Panthers have a couple of players who are stepping up to help lead the team, including sophomore defender Kat Cicala and freshman forward Tyller Moore.
“Kat, she played so well and the other team had a really good offensive player and I asked her to keep her feet and not dive in, she did that in the second half,” Ryan said. “We have a freshman, Tyller, who is working really hard, she’s pretty good. She’s a tough player and she’s really fast. She plays with tenacity, which you can’t teach it so it’s good to see that in a player so young, and I know it’s going to grow.”
Dover, which went 4-13 last year, has the same team makeup in terms of youth. The Tigers have four seniors and eight juniors and have struggled so far this season, losing conference games to Madison, Villa Walsh, Hanover Park and Parsippany. But despite the tough competition in the Liberty Division, Davidovich is confident her team will start sparking at the right time and the wins will start to come.
“We’re doing good, we have good expected wins, we’re going to win more games than we usually do,” Davidovich said. “We always have a good bond, but this year it’s stronger than ever. I’m very proud of my team this year.”
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GOALS: (D) Davidovich 3, Chaupis. ASSISTS: (D) Davidovich, Cirineo, Pyrzynski. SAVES: (D) Morales 3; (SE) Falcone 11. SHOTS: Dover 10-4.