Plymouth girls soccer opens year with win at Argos

ARGOS — Plymouth head coach Chuck DeWitt wanted to use Thursday night’s opener at Argos as a forecast for the 2012 season.
The signs looked good.
Plymouth’s girls soccer team used its speed to outshoot the host Lady Dragons 17-7, Allie Wright created three goals for the Rockies — an unassisted strike to put the visitors on the board just 10 seconds in and two own-goals — and Plymouth claimed a 4-0 shutout of area rival Argos on the road.
“It was our opener, and we really didn’t know what kind of team we had,” said DeWitt. “This was a game to show us where we needed to play this season.”
The Rockies showed DeWitt some good stuff, scoring 10 seconds after Argos kicked off. The Dragons played the kick-off back and an onrushing Wright scooped up and misplayed ball for a shot and score. The speedy sophomore — a two-time state track qualifier for Plymouth in the individual 400 and 3200 relay as a freshman last spring — scored another just three minutes in when her cross from the right side deflected off an Argos defender for an own goal. The Dragons were in a 0-2 hole early and struggled, being outshot 10-2 in the opening half.
Argos tried to work on possession, while the visitors used their speed to attack long in the second half.
The Dragons’ misfortune continued as the Rockies score twice in the first five minutes of the second half to put the game away. Argos was called for a trip in the box that led to a penalty kick scored by Courtney Hersick, and Wright had a second cross deflect in for another own goal.
“Two own goals, a PK and and a misplayed kick-off — I can’t say I’ve ever seen that happen. Plymouth really capitalized on our mistakes,” said Argos coach Jon Alcorn. “They were quick and aggressive. The second half shots were even, something like five each, and we had some good possession, but we just shot ourselves in the foot too many times. What do you do? We’ll look at the weaknesses that were exposed, and go to work.”
The Dragons fell to 0-1-1 on the year while the Rockies’ opener put the team at 1-0-0.
In a JV half, Mariah Lineberry scored on an assist from Ashley Gage, and Lineberry assisted Emilie Rospopo as Argos won 2-1. Amanda Wolford scored for Plymouth.
P — Allie Wright (unassisted), 1st minute
P — own goal (Wright), 3rd minute
P — Courtney Hersick (penalty kick), 42nd minute
P — own goal (Wright), 44th minute
Shots on Goal: Plymouth 17, Argos 7
Saves: Plymouth 7 (4 Becca Houser, 3 Katie Berg), Argos 13 (Karlee VanDerWeele)
Corners: Plymouth 5, Argos 2
Records: Plymouth 1-0, Argos 0-1-1