The Dorchester girls' soccer team is playing better than ever, thanks to a winning streak and boost of confidence. The young team defeated Burke, 3-0, Tuesday afternoon at Franklin field for its third straight win.
Senior midfielder Mirlande Philogene played scored two goals for the Bears, the first 15 minutes into the game after a gorgeous assist from seventh-grader Maisha Pierre.
Philogene scored her second goal in the second half after a powerful shot close to Burke goalkeeper, junior Celisse Montero,who initially looked like she had the save, but dropped the ball.
Sophomore forward Kaylin Thomas was also a strong presence in the front line, and scored for the Bears in the first five minutes of the second half for her first goal of the season.
“It felt amazing, I’ve been waiting for that for a long time,” Thomas said. “We did awesome, but I can improve on dribbling and keeping control of the ball.”
Dorchester’s new player Lovelyse Bienamie, the Boston International junior, has been a lead scorer since she started with Dorchester last week. Although she didn’t score Tuesday, she set up many of the Bears’ goals. She brought the ball back into Dorchester’s possession countless times; dribbled up the field and past Burke’s defenders to set up the Bears’ successful plays.
Dorchester coach Jenna White took note.
“Our passing has gotten a lot stronger,” White said. “We’re moving the ball up as a team rather than just kicking it up.”
It was also hard to believe that a sixth-grader could do so well in goal, but Lataysha Johnson blocked three shots and provided the shutout for the Bears.
While Burke couldn't match Dorchester’s efforts, senior Steice Docanto carried the team from the defense. She blocked the ball from many of the Bears’ forwards and sent it back up the field to her teammates.
“I did my best, even though my ankle isn’t good,” Docanto said. “I need to improve on passing. We can also improve our communication.”
Burke coach Ivyrose Hess is just pleased to see the team is improving.
“We did pretty good today,” she said. “We improved as far as spacing goes and our throw-ins are so much better.”
Like Docanto, she agreed that the team needs to be more vocal.
“We can definitely improve by communicating with each other,” she said.
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