Goals have come early and often for the Smyrna High girls’ soccer team this spring. In their first two games – against Laurel and Lake Forest – the Eagles netted a combined 13 goals and allowed none. The Smyrna girls are trying to build on the success of last year’s squad, which advanced to the state tournament for the first time in program history.

 


Goals have come early and often for the Smyrna High girls’ soccer team this spring.

In their first two games – against Laurel and Lake Forest – the Eagles netted a combined 13 goals and allowed none.

The Smyrna girls are trying to build on the success of last year’s squad, which advanced to the state tournament for the first time in program history.

Some star players from that team have now graduated, but this year’s group is determined to make it back to the state tourney.

“They see that as an achievable goal each season,” said head coach Ryan Buchanan.

Leading the Eagles this year are teams captains Kailey Brewer, Missy Hubert and Maggie Short.

“We have strong captains, but really the whole team is cohesive,” said Coach Buchanan.

Sophomore Kaitlin Brown steps in at goalie for the Eagles this season.

Smyrna has had a balanced attack, with several girls getting involved in the scoring in the first two games.

Hubert leads the Eagles with four goals, followed by Short with three and sophomore Gabby Russillo with two. Kailey Brewer, Crystal Anderson, Clara Backlund and Hilary Shiber have also tallied goals.

The early-season assists leaders are Hubert with three, Shiber and Short with two each, and Backlund and Russillo with one a piece.

“Our motto has been ‘Practice how you want to play on the game field,’” said Hubert.

So far that approach has worked out well for the Eagles, who held a 2-0 record heading into a tough game against Indian River on Tuesday.

Eagles cut down Lake Forest, 7-0

The Smyrna girls won their home opener in dominant fashion on March 25.

Leading off the scoring was Gabby Russillo, who got behind the Spartans’ defense, edged past the goalie and hit the open net 16 minutes in.

Missy Hubert netted a goal in the 25th minute to give Smyrna a 2-0 lead.

Just seconds into the second half, Hubert scored again to make it 3-0.

Maggie Short scored the Eagles’ fourth goal of the game in the 49th minute, and four minutes later Kailey Brewer floated one over the goalie and into the net.

Hubert scored her third goal of the game in the 58th minute to make the lead 6-0.

Maggie Short capped the scoring on a long-range shot that soared over the Spartans’ goalie.

Smyrna outshot Lake Forest 26-3, and Kaitlin Brown made all three saves for the Eagles.

Eagles shut out Laurel, 6-0

The Smyrna High School girls' soccer team kicked off their season with a 6-0 win at Laurel on March 23, with six different players scoring goals.

The Eagles jumped all over the Bulldogs with six first-half goals, all scored within the first 28 minutes of the game.

Maggie Short put the Eagles on the board by scoring on a penalty kick in the sixth minute.

Also scoring goals for Smyrna were Gabby Russillo, Crystal Anderson, Clara Backlund, Missy Hubert and Hilary Shiber.

Smyrna outshot Laurel 29-2, with Brown making both saves for the Eagles.

Upcoming games

The Smyrna High girls’ soccer team was set to visit Indian River on Tuesday, March 30. The Eagles will host a home game against Delmar at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 1.