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Girls soccer: Youth comes through for Capital

By Nick Brockman

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A young, yet talented offense paced the seventh-ranked Capital girls soccer team as the Cougars assaulted the nets en route to a 14-0 win versus South Charleston on Thursday night.

Freshman Elena Pomponio and sophomore Ally Reeves combined for seven goals to propel the Cougars to a lead that was never threatened as Capital improved to 3-2.  

"She's an unbelievable talent," Capital Coach Riley Gibson said of Pomponio. "If she gets her body stronger, she's going to be a special player the next two or three years and Ally Reeves, she's just one of those players who can take over a game."

Pomponio reached a hat trick with three first-half goals, before adding another goal and assist in the second half. Reeves finished with three goals and two assists in the resounding win.

"You just have to take advantage of all those opportunities that you get because not every game is going to be like that," Reeves said in victory.

For Pomponio, she said she's grateful for the opportunity to make such contributions as a first-year varsity player.

"Well, I'm happy that he lets me go out there and play as a freshman," Pomponio said as Gibson quickly added, "She's earned it."

With a commanding 5-0 advantage at halftime, Capital continued to attack the goal with nine second-half goals.

"You treat every team like they're the best team in the Valley and I give South Charleston credit," Gibson said. "Their girls came out and played hard. They're getting there. They didn't give up and they stuck together. There's a lot of teams that we've played before when they get down three or four goals and they start yelling and screaming at each other, but this team hung together."

The South Charleston defense held Capital scoreless in the first 12 minutes of action though the Cougars dominated possession.

Reeves scored the game's first goal, unassisted, in the 13th minute. Two minutes later Pomponio tallied her first goal, with Reeves on the assist. Another 2 minutes passed before sophomore Josie Barnhart scored unassisted.

Pomponio later added two more goals in the final 16 minutes of the first half, as Capital led 5-0 at halftime.

Reeves scored her second goal less than three minutes into the second half and provided the assist to Peyton Leach later in the half on another goal. Leach later added another goal with the assist from Pomponio.

Also in the second half, Morgan King scored a goal and provided the assist to a Hannah Moore goal. Rebecca DiMarco and Amy Glasow each scored unassisted in the second half, too.

As the Capital offense took center stage, Cougars keepers Jenna Bshara and Mikuela Aguero combined for the shutout. The goalies played well in place of Hannah Jack, the team's preseason starter at keeper before she broke her left leg during the third practice of the summer.

Capital will return to action to visit Winfield 12 p.m. Saturday, while South Charleston will play host to Woodrow Wilson at noon Saturday.



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