The Silver Creek girls soccer team started their 2018 campaign on the right foot, controlling every facet of the game in a 3-0 victory over visiting Skyline on Thursday night. Three different Raptors scored, and senior goalkeeper Kaeyla Noble was rarely forced into action.

“I thought both teams came out a little skittish, but once we calmed down we did what we were supposed to do. We knocked it around and finished our chances, which is something we didn’t do last year. If we finish our chances, we have the ability to go really far,” said Raptors head coach Rob Johnson.

Silver Creek junior forward Margaret Goldsberry opened the scoring in the 29th minute as she knocked in a loose ball following a corner kick from the right side by sophomore forward Alexa Karsel.

The Raptors doubled their lead just before halftime. Freshman defender Annika Kassenbrock hauled in a long pass on the right side and made her way to the end line, where she made a run and crossed it to senior midfielder Kelly Speckl, who finished past Skyline goalkeeper Kenna Meier for a 2-0 lead.

Sophomore midfielder Eliana Miller scored on a long-range effort for the Raptors’ final goal in the 55th minute.

“I just turned and it looked like the goalie was kind of out of position, so I thought, ‘I’ll just shoot it,’ and I shot it. I wanted to hit it higher because there were multiple lines of defense in front of me, and it went over the goalkeeper,” Miller said.

Defensively, the Raptors held the Falcons to just two shots on goal, both in the first half, and were able to keep Skyline senior forward Kalen Niedling, who scored 16 goals last season, in check.

“We did a great job of not letting anyone get behind us,” said Johnson. “We did a great job of not giving them looks, which is what we talk about.”

Moving forward, Johnson is looking for his team to continue to build chemistry.

“We only had tryouts last week, so it’s about getting us all on the same page. We’re not quite there,” he said.

“Last year the chemistry was a little off, but this year people are saying the chemistry is good. We just need to keep working hard,” added Miller.

Next up for Silver Creek is a match at Golden on Saturday, while Skyline will host Mitchell on March 17.

Silver Creek 3, Skyline 0

At Silver Creek

Skyline (0-1)00—0

Silver Creek (1-0)21—3

Goals (assists) — Silver Creek Goldsberry (Karsel) 29th minute, Speckl (Kassenbrock) 36th minute, Miller (unassisted) 55th minute.

Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Skyline Meier 80-3-4; Silver Creek Noble 80-0-2.

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