By Josh Levine
Lowell High School scored three goals in the first 11 minutes in its 4-1 victory over visiting Urban School in a non-league match on Wednesday.
Alejandra Sanchez scored three of the Cardinals’ (11-1, 8-0) goals, including two within the first five minutes of the game.
“We played in three segments,” said Lowell Head Coach Ernst Feibusch. “The first fifteen minutes we played the way I wanted them to. Then [Urban] got it together and scored one of their own. We scored another one with about 20 minutes to go. So it was us, them, and then us.”
Haley Pacheco scored the only goal for the Blues (3-7-2, 1-4-1). One of her teammates took a long shot and the ball bounced off Lowell goalie Rachel Baskin’s hands and hit the post. When the ball came down, Pacheco kicked it to cut the lead to 3-1 in the 29th minute.
Urban Head Coach Antony Reyes was not impressed with his team’s effort.
“Well you just saw us run ten sprints after the game,” Reyes said. “I don’t want to make any excuses, we have four starters out at a music concert today, but that didn’t mean anything to me. I told them before the game, don’t waste this opportunity to get better, but they wasted it.”
The Cardinals controlled the ball almost 70 percent of the time and took 23 shots, 16 of which were on goal. The Blues took 18 shots, and 13 were on goal.
“In terms of toughness, they’re one of the toughest teams we face,” said Feibusch. “We only play them once in a while since they aren’t in our league.”
Urban will hope to pick up its play when Bay Counties League West play continues on Friday, when the Blues place first place Lick-Wilmerding.
“While I am disappointed today, we will come back from this, and our girls know it. I won’t settle for the performance we had today. That simply won’t happen again,” Reyes said.
Lowell, which is still undefeated in AAA play, will face Lincoln Tuesday, the only other undefeated team in AAA play.