By Josh Levine
It’s no longer a concern whether Academic Athletic Associations teams will beat Lowell – it’s now a question if opponents can just stay close.
The 14-time defending AAA champions took 26 first half shots, with 18 on goal, in the first half alone in their 6-0 shutout over visiting Washington in AAA play on Thursday.
The Cardinals (2-1, 2-0) got four goals from sophomore Mikela Waldman, and one goal apiece from seniors Alejandra Sanchez and Mara Woods-Robinson.
“Our offense played really well as a team and our teamwork was excellent,” Waldman said. “It is a big part of what [head coach] Marcos [Estebez] tells us to do. We knew Washington was skilled and [was] going to be aggressive, so we needed to have a good passing game.”
Waldman’s four goals in the game is a career high and she added an assist on Sanchez’s goal in the second half.
“She is one of the faster players in our league and her first touch is really fast,” Estebez said. “Her first instinct is to go to the net whatever the obstacle is, even the post. She’s a work in progress and a very gifted athlete.”
The Eagles (1-1, 1-1), opened their season Thursday after a forfeit win over Jordan earlier in the week.
The lack of playing time showed, as the Eagles only took one shot on goal in the game. Goalkeeper Erika Lane pulled in 21 saves for Washington, including 16 in the first half.
“I always tell her that the ball has to get by 10 girls before it gets by her,” said Washington head coach Charles Brinton. “She played a hell of a game with all of those saves and I’m excited for her development. She works hard in practice and did a great job.”
Lowell dominated possession throughout and rarely let the Eagles get the ball past midfield. Lowell took 13 corner kicks and took 37 shots.
“We clearly need to work on finishing,” Estebez said. “Their goalkeeper had an incredible amount of saves. I told the girls that if you kick the ball right at the keeper it will be saved.”