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Lack of teamwork hurt Lady Dogs

The Thomson girls' soccer team fell to Harlem, 6-0, in a game played at Harlem on March 29.

"Our heads just weren't in the game tonight," head coach Jessica Ruark said after the game.

The same can't be said of Harlem, which scored its first goal 12 minutes into the first half and never looked back after that.

"We just weren't playing as a team," said Thomson's Caitlin Carpenter. "That's really all I can say about it."

Despite the lack of teamwork, several players still stood out in the losing effort. Goalie Rachel Arrington made numerous exceptional plays, stopping the majority of Harlem's shots on goal. Caitlin Carpenter and Brea Boutwell also played notably well.

"I think our girls played good tonight. But we just sort of fell apart later in the game," Arrington said.

Despite Arrington's defensive play, Harlem went on to score another goal in the first half, and four more goals in the second. Offensively, Thomson never seemed to click, getting few shots on goal and ending the game scoreless.

"It was a very tough game," Ruark said. "I think we should have at least tied them, but once they got that first and second goal, we just couldn't seem to bounce back. We weren't passing, and we weren't talking. That, more than anything, is what killed us. But if I had to pick a player of the game right now, I'd say it was Caitlin Carpenter.

"She did everything she was supposed to do, and more. I couldn't have asked any more of her."

Web posted on Thursday, April 07, 2011

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