HHS girls dominate Chesapeake, 9-0
HUNTINGTON -- Senior Leah Levy got a three-goal hat trick and an assist as the Huntington High girls soccer team demolished the Chesapeake Panthers, 9-0, on Senior Night in Huntington.
Four of the Highlanders' five seniors found the net in the match, and the only reason senior Kelsie Burns didn't put one in was because she was sidelined by an ankle injury.
Not known for scoring, Levy got the first two goals of the night and the second-to-last tally in a game where the Highlanders set up a wall at the midfield line that the Panthers rarely crossed.
"It was cool," Levy said of the match. "I don't usually get a chance to score, because I'm back on defense. So I wanted to at least get one tonight."
Coach Paul Farrell said he was "particularly proud" of Levy's performance.
"She's not a goal scorer, typically," Farrell said. "You could see there was an extra hop in her step tonight."
Levy's first two strikes set up a 2-0 halftime lead.
Less than two minutes into the second half, senior Braddick Price sent a cross in the box to senior Summer Wheatley, who put the ball past Chesapeake keeper Jillian Ellis. Ellis got a piece of the shot but not enough to keep it out of the goal.
Wheatley struck again about 13 minutes later, sending an absolute cannon shot from about 30 yards out that beat Ellis clean.
Price, who was able to dribble with control around defenders all night, got her tally in the 61st minute, on an unassisted bomb from the top of the box. It was a gratifying strike for Price, who had come agonizingly close to a goal earlier in the game off of a corner kick.
"It was nice to get a goal," Price said. "It's frustrating when you see an open net and can't get it in."
Less than a minute later, Levy slid a pass to freshman Elizabeth Conaty, who chipped the ball over the keeper's head and into the back of the net.
Senior Sydney Jacobson joined the party in the 63rd minute, getting loose inside the box and sliding the ball past Ellis.
Levy capped her hat trick less than a minute later, again putting the shot above the keeper's reach.
The last goal came from freshman Isabella Chirico, who sent a sky-high shot across the face of the goal in the 79th minute that settled in the left corner of the net.
The Highlanders weren't just dominating, they were having fun as everything was clicking.
"All the practice you've done pays off," Jacobson said. "It's not like you're working hard, you're enjoying yourself."
"It's a nice culmination to the end of a long season," Farrell said. "As a coach, I want to make sure they retain the joy of the game. It's a competition, but you've got to have fun. If you're not having fun it makes for a long season."
This is a special senior class for the Highlanders, as Burns has committed play soccer at Army, Price at Gardner-Webb and Wheatley at Marshall. Jacobson and Levy have not yet committed.
CHESAPEAKE 0 0 -- 0
HUNTINGTON HIGH 2 7 -- 9
H -- Levy, 17th minute
H -- Levy (Price) 27th minute
H -- Wheatley (Price) 42nd minute
H -- Wheatley, 55th minute
H -- Price, 61st minute
H -- Conaty (Levy) 62nd minute
H -- Jacobson, 63rd minute
H -- Levy, 64th minute
H -- Chirico, 79th minute
Shots: C 1 (1 on goal); H 57 (29 on goal). Saves: C 20 (Jilian Ellis, 17; Jackie Nelson, 3); H 1 (Ericka Budd). Corners: C 0; H 11.