Junior Makisha Germain scored four goals as Randolph beat Southeastern Tuesday, 7-1, to qualify for the state tournament for the first time in school history.
Although the Blue Devils reached a milestone, they didn’t know how to react to their win.
"We have a very classy team,"” coach Matthew Tavares said. “"They were excited but didn’t want to rub it in."
"[The game] was chippy and rough," Tavares described. "We struggled in the beginning of the game because the girls were exhausted from playing against Brockton yesterday."
Although the score was 3-1 at half, Tavares felt that the game was closer than it should have been.
He rallied his team at half and told the girls "to step up and play good soccer."
The Blue Devils answered the coach’'s call behind Germain’'s three second half goals.
Last week, Germain broke Kayla Whynot’s record set at 20 goals and has 27 in total for the season. She is currently fourth in Eastern Mass in goals and one of the reasons why the Blue Devils have been successful this season.
Tavares, who has been coaching the blue Devils for 16 years, said, "[Germain] brought a winning attitude with her when she moved here a year ago from Atlanta."
After Germain moved to Randolph, the girls immediately rallied behind her and named her captain for this season.
"She's fearless and the team wants to emulate that," Tavares said.
The Blue Devils are currently 9-4 and hope to continue their good play in the tournament.
"I don’t know what to expect for the tournament, but I know we will play good, quality teams," Tavares said.
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