First Colonial wasted no time setting the tone of its 6A Conference semifinal match against Kellam Tuesday at the National Training Center.
On their first possession, Haley Schleicher sliced through Kellam’s defense and found Izzy Fontana on the left side of the net for an easy goal. The game was less than 30 seconds old.
It was all Patriots from there.
First Colonial went on to score seven more goals in an 8-0 victory that ended 15 minutes early because of a mercy rule.
Five Patriots players scored goals. They were led by Schleicher, who had three scores and one assist.
First Colonial coach Beanie Schleicher stressed the importance of her team’s aggressive start after going 10 days without a game.
“It was very important to start clicking soon,” Schleicher said. “We have a lot of weapons. They executed, took care of the ball and were very disciplined defensively and offensively.”
Cameron Strickland notched the Patriots’ second goal with 19:42 left in the first half after collecting a feed from Riley Taylor during a 3-on-1 breakaway. Taylor connected with Strickland again just eight minutes later, giving First Colonial a 3-0 lead.
Schleicher notched her second goal of the game off a feed from Annie Miller two minutes later with 9:57 left in the first half, putting the Patriots up 4-0.
Schleicher, Taylor and Anna Brunick scored second-half goals for the Patriots. First Colonial’s defense surrendered only two corner opportunities, both in the first half.
The Patriots move on to play Cox in the conference finals for the second consecutive year. In their only meeting this season, on Oct. 8, Cox won the 3-2 thriller in overtime.
“Very familiar with each other,” Schleicher said of the rivalry. “We have to continue to be more disciplined on defense and need to take care of the ball better. We both match up really well. We always do.”
Princess Anne edges Salem
In Tuesday’s 5A Conference 9 semifinals match between Princess Anne and Salem, Cavaliers’ Evie Hanson played hero.
Hanson scored the game’s only goal with less than two minutes left in regulation, giving Princess Anne a 1-0 victory.
Princess Anne will play Maury in the conference finals Thursday at the National Training Center.