With the spring sports season off to a late start, Burlington Central's girls soccer team is just trying to get better one half at a time. The Rockets took a step in that direction Monday with a 3-1 non conference victory against Hampshire.
The game was rescheduled due to frigid conditions earlier in the season, but the weather was ideal on a Monday night in Hampshire.
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Alyssa Messina, Cali Andrew, and Ellen Jayne scored as the Rockets improved to 6-0 on the season.
"We created a lot of chances, but we missed some," said Central coach Stephen Berry. "At this point, we're just trying to get better every half we play."
The Rockets took the lead early when Andrew scored on a breakaway in the fourth minute. She came in all alone on the left side and put it in on the ground from about 20 yards out.
Hampshire (1-2) tied it 15 minutes later when Alex Zeller scored. After a scramble in front of the net, she pounced on the loose ball and fired it in from 15 yards away.
But the Rockets regained the lead before halftime. While their first goal was an individual effort, their second resulted from teamwork.
Karina Reyenoso threaded a pass through traffic to Messina, who was all alone in front of the net and beat Hampshire keeper Arianna Rominski from point-blank range.
Jayne gave the Rockets an insurance goal midway through the second half. From there, the Whip-Purs' defense stiffened and the teams played evenly.
"We like the way we came back in the second half of the second half," said Hampshire coach Patrick O'Brien. "It's only about our fourth day outdoors, and three of those were games, so we're still trying to put things together. But we came away thinking that we have some more options than we did before."
Taylor Martin made 3 saves in the goal for Central, including a diving save on a shot by Paige Palubicki late in the game.