Maxwell’s hat trick saves Everett
Although she’s only a sophomore, Everett’s Kaitlyn Maxwell is a scoring machine on the soccer field.
Maxwell scored a hat trick Thursday, including the game-winner in overtime, to lead the Lady Warriors to a 3-2 victory over Penns Valley in a District 6 Class 2A quarterfinal game at Mansion Park.
Now 13-5-1, Everett will face top-seed Bedford in a D6-2A semifinal on Monday.
“It was a good game and both teams had opportunities to finish it,” said Everett veteran coach Rom Kalinauskas. “Fortunately, we were the ones who capitalized on it.”
Maxwell scored the game-winner 11:13 into the first overtime period. The goal, her third of the night, pushed the sophomore’s season total to 41 goals. She scored 28 as a freshman.
“Really, I don’t keep track (of the goals),” Maxwell said. “I have great teammates.”
Maxwell said she played center-midfield at the beginning of the season but was moved to striker after a couple games.
“God gave me the ability to run fast and have some skill,” she said.
“I had a lot of pressure on me,” she said of the last score from about 15 yards out. “I just got the shot off as fast as I could and it went in.”
Maxwell opened the scoring with a goal 16 minutes into the game. Penns Valley sophomore Hannah Montminy tied the score 15 seconds later and then gave the Lady Rams a 2-1 lead with a goal with 7:27 left in the half.
“They’re a good team,” Penns Valley coach Andrew Beverly said. “It was even — back and forth — but, unfortunately, it didn’t go our way at the end. We couldn’t do anything about it.
“We altered our formations a little to be more solid defensively the second half,” Beverly said. “They had one long ball in the box that didn’t go our way and that made it 2-2.
“After that, we tried to get back in the game with some pressure,” he said. “We had a few shots but nothing fell for us.”
It remained 2-2 through regulation before Maxwell and the Warriors got the game winner in the first overtime.
“She’s their biggest danger player,” Beverly said. “She’s good with the ball and is incredibly fast. We lost track of her a couple times and she made us pay for it.”
Kalinauskas noted that the Warriors blew an overtime game earlier in the year, making Thursday’s win “very nice.”
The veteran coach — he started the Everett program 38 years ago — praised the play of Maxwell, calling her “a great ballhandler with good soccer sense. She’s really coachable and a terrific kid.
“It was uplifting, just terrific to see it go in there,” Kalinauskas said of Maxwell’s deciding goal. “She’s the type of player who single-handidly can turn a team around.”
Penns Valley finished the season with a 12-6-1 record.
SCORE BY HALVES
Everett 1 1 1 — 3
Penns Valley 2 0 0 — 2
First half: E–Maxwell, 16:00; PV–Montminy, 16:15; PV–Montminy 32:33.
Second half: E–Maxwell, 28:49.
First overtime: E–Maxwell, 11:13.
Records: Everett (13-5-1); Penns Valley (12-6-1).