The Fort Mill Yellow Jackets girls’ lacrosse team opened their home schedule by routing the Clover Blue Eagles 20-2.
The Jackets were led by senior Maddie Anderson, who scored five goals. Senior Karlee Stinson added three goals for Fort Mill as eight different players scored for the Jackets.
New Jackets head coach Kellianne Wunk said her team didn’t play as well as it did in a 7-6 season-opening loss to Riverside. But she did say her team is playing well together. The team has five seniors, but also has a mix of underclassmen contirbuting.
“As far as the team and the girls working together, we are where we need to be,” Wunk said. “Our defense needs to be more aggressive.”
The Jackets didn’t waste any time as they scored 45 seconds into the first half as Anderson put Fort Mill on the board to get her hat trick started. Fort Mill stayed on the attack as junior Amanda Brown scored a couple minutes later, followed by a goal from freshman Sydney Coston.
Fort Mill’s offense continued firing on all cylinders as junior Zoe Katz scored for the Jackets less than a minute later to go up 4-0 in the first four minutes of the game. Anderson continued to lead the attack for Fort Mill notching her second score of the game several minutes later.
When Clover did win a ground ball, Fort Mill’s defense was on top of things and kept the Blue Eagles out of the net. The Jackets’ defense capitalized on turnovers from Clover and was able to turn them into shot attempts.
While Fort Mill’s offense slowed to some extent, the Jackets were still able to take advantage of some breakaways. Stinson scored with about 15 minutes left in the first half to extend the lead. Fort Mill scored again three minutes later with the shot coming from senior Alexis Sweetman.
Clover finally cracked the board with about eight minutes left in the first half to get its first score of the game. The Blue Eagles’ excitement was short lived as the Jackets came back to score 14 seconds later out of a time out with a goal from senior Erica Powell.
Stinson helped keep the momentum in Fort Mill’s corner when she scored her second goal of the game. A minute later, freshman Charlotte Anderson scored the first of her three goals for Fort Mill to put the lead at 10-1 with 3:45 left in the first half. Maddie Anderson clinched her hat trick before the half by scoring her third goal just 40 seconds later.
Brown and Anderson added two more goals apiece before the half.
Clover opened the second half with a goal to slow the bleeding for the Blue Eagles, while Fort Mill struggled to return to its first half offensive dominance. Defensively, the Jackets were able to keep Clover at bay getting ground balls and interceptions.
Katz scored her second goal of the game with about 17 minutes left to get the goal back.
Stinson added a third goal to secure a hat trick of her own about a minute later as Fort Mill started to regain some momentum. Coston, Sweetman, Charlotte Anderson and Maddie Anderson all added second half goals for the Jackets.
Up next for Fort Mill this week are games against Ardrey Kell and Cox Mill. The Cox Mill game for the Jackets is at home scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
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