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|Girls qualify for soccer tournament|
|Monday, 20 October 2008 00:00|
Itâ€™s feast or famine for the Lady Dragon (10-4) soccer team that qualified for the MIAA Tournament last week.
Beating the weak sisters in the Patriot League doesnâ€™t seem to be a problem for the girls after routing Quincy (11-0) and Randolph (9-0), but when it comes to the more competitive teams in the league it appears Coach Emerson Colemanâ€™s squad is having some problems.
Sporting a 2-3 record in its last five games, Duxbury has been shutout in all three losses by a combined four goals.
With perennial powers Silver Lake, Whitman-Hanson, Plymouth North, and Marshfield on tap for the final two weeks of the season, itâ€™s time for the Lady Dragons to step it up a notch or two if they have any desire to go deep into post-season play.
After losing to Pembroke and Hingham, Coleman had a talk with his team about the need to go a full 80 minutes every time out.
â€œIn those two losses we fiddled around for 20 minutes and shortened the game,â€ said Coleman. â€œThe pressure is all on us for 60 minutes when you do that.â€
Despite losing another close league game in a 1-0 Scituate shutout on Thursday, Coleman had no complaints about his teamâ€™s effort.
â€œWe played the full 80 minutes and must have out-shot them 25-5,â€ said the Duxbury coach. â€œI hate to admit it, but it might have been our best game of the year, but we couldnâ€™t put it in the net.â€
Freshman Nikki Yangâ€™s second-half goal proved to be the game-winner, as Scituate goaltender Alannah Woodford kept the Duxbury offense at bay.
After tackling Silver Lake yesterday afternoon, the girls will travel to #2-ranked Whitman-Hanson on Thursday night for the second game of a double-header with the Panthers that is scheduled for 6:30.