Foard shut out by Burns on soccer field

Off to a 3-0 start to the season, the Fred T. Foard girls soccer team ran into its first speed bump Monday.

The Lady Tigers (3-1) were held offensively against Burns, while the Lady Bulldogs piled on five goals to earn the 5-0 shutout.

“We’re glad we’re getting this game over and its not quite in conference play yet,” said Lady Tigers coach Stan Elliott. “We’re going to learn from this, move forward as a team and get better from here.”

Burns (2-0) scored in the 18th minute to take the early lead on a Whitney Wellman kick from an assist by Kayla Powell.

Foard fought back with a pair of shots on goal, including a ball deflected off of a Burns defender that nearly went in to the right corner of the goal.

The Tigers’ drive to score stalled and moments later, the Lady Bulldogs earned another goal when Wellman found teammate Kaitlin Burns.

“They came out and smacked us in the mouth,” Elliott said. “There is no doubt about. They wanted it a little bit more than we did. They were first to everything. It made the difference.”

Coming out of the halftime break up two scores, Burns immediately went back to work, scoring a pair of goals in the first eight minutes of the half.

Burns’ Meredith Cole scored on a free kick at the 43rd minute, while Kaitlin Burns pocketed a goal at the 48th minute on a Celeste Kendrick assist.

In the meantime, the Burns defense remained difficult to penetrate against, not allowing many chances for Foard to score.

Even when the Lady Tigers were able to drive deep into Burns’ territory, a foul stopped any positive momentum Foard could have gained.

“We only had five chance to score in the first half,” Elliott said. “We talked about that at the half. Give credit where credit is due.”

The Lady Bullldogs finish the game by adding one late goal — a free kick score by Haley King at the 75th minute.

The Lady Tigers will try to rebound when they return to the field against RS Central at home Friday.

“Burns played a heck of a game,” Elliott said. “Their back line was solid. We just couldn’t muster anything offensively tonight. It’s back to the drawing board for us.”