NORTH RIDGEVILLE — For old-time radio operators, if things were “five by five” it meant the signal was optimum.
The Brookside Cardinals brought that concept to the pitch Monday, as they scored five goals in the first half and five goals in the second half in routing the Lake Ridge Academy Royals 10-5.
Oh, yeah, and senior co-captain Katlynn Vanzant had five goals as the Cardinals (3-4) put together an optimum effort in the attacking zone and midfield to keep the Royals (2-4) out of sync all afternoon.
While Vanzant was racking up her goals, fellow senior co-captain Kayla Jacobs was adding three goals and a pair of assists on back-to-back Vanzant goals 25 seconds apart that looked like an instant replay.
Together Vanzant and Jacobs were as inevitable as death and taxes, and about as welcome in the Lake Ridge zone. Lake Ridge struggled to get back on defense against the speedy Cardinals, and their difficulty clearing the ball presented Brookside with numerous extra opportunities.
“We’re the Dynamic Duo, we work really well together up top,” Vanzant said. “We’ve been playing soccer since U-8 together, we’re kind of the same person when it comes to the ball. We just know what each other’s thinking and where we are at. It’s really good.”
Clay pigeons don’t see as many shots as Lake Ridge goalkeeper Grace Adams did Monday, as Brookside launched 27 shots on goal, many at short range.
“Our forwards did the job, our midfielders stepped it up, our defense stepped it up in the second half,” Brookside coach Josh Sours said. “It’s kind of by design, our two up top there. (Jacobs) was my defender but I moved her up top. Since I moved her up we’re scoring pretty good now.”
The Royals, down 5-3 at the half, hung tough for the entire 80 minutes and scored two quick goals at 45:52 and 46:37 in the second half to pull even once again. But their struggles to keep the Brookside offensive penetration in check became untenable as the Cardinals finished with five unanswered goals.
On the plus side for Lake Ridge, it was led by dynamic freshman forward Mady Rosado, who registered her own hat trick and whose speed and mobility were a match for anyone on the field. The Royals got their remaining two goals from another fantastic frosh in Emma Miller, suggesting that the future is bright at Lake Ridge.
“Yeah, she’s real good,” Sours said of Rosado. “She split us a couple of times.”
Brookside will dive more fully into Patriot Athletic Conference play with some strong wins to build upon.
“We’ve had some tough losses but we are working up to where we should be,” Vanzant said.
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