Wednesday night, as the clock wound down during the Case-Wareham girls' soccer game, Case coach Rob Harvey's heart started to beat a little faster, and with reason: His team was about to win its first game in more than two years.
"I kept looking at my watch and waiting for that whistle," said Harvey, a second-year coach who collected his first win.
The 3-0 victory was thanks in large part to a pair of upperclassmen, senior forward Ava Tower and senior midfielder Victoria Souza, a captain. Tower found the back of the net twice for the team’s first and third goals of the game, sandwiching a goal from Souza.
“She’s our go-to and we rely on her to score goals and sometimes put the team on her shoulders,” Harvey said of Tower. “She’s quick and very dangerous in the box.”
Sophomore Kelsey Pacheco – a defender who transitioned to the net this season for the keeper-less Cardinals – posted the shutout, a continuation of her impressive work.
“She’s been nothing but awesome,” Harvey said. “She’s been a huge asset to the team.”
While Harvey was anxious to get that elusive first win, Tower and Souza were part of a group of upperclassmen that might have been even more relieved.
He said senior defender Alexa Prendergast, another captain, in particular was emotional.
“I saw a lot more smiles from my upperclassmen because it means a lot more for them,” Harvey said. “That win meant a lot to my senior captains.”
Harvey has high hopes for the rest of the season, and said the team is far from what he eventually wants it to be.
"I’m happy for the win, but I don’t want it to be our last," Harvey said. "Hopefully we can make this a more common thing."
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