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October 5, 2012

Eagles down Davenport girls, 2-1

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Leigha LaTourette scored with four minutes left Thursday to help undefeated Downsville to a 2-1 girls soccer victory over visiting Davenport in the Delaware League.

“I thought (Davenport) played well,” Downsville coach Burt Reed said. “They came out playing very aggressively against us. They were winning balls and we were a little out of our game.”

LaTourette scored on a rebound, after Davenport goalie Jayra Blanton turned away a shot by Samantha Bingay.

“It went right to Leigha and she put it in,” Reed said.

Bailee Hymers scored 2½ minutes into the game to give Davenport the early lead.

“Our girls were a little shocked it went in,” Reed said. “It was a very weird play. Taylor Morris tried to clear the ball, but it went off Bailee and went in. Taylor did a good job to get to it, and Bailee did a good job to get there and block it. It was just a missed clearance.”

Downsville tied it two minutes into the second half, when Kendra Lacey one-touched a throughball from Kaileen Townsend.

“It happened so quickly. That kind of got us going,” Reed said. “We played much better starting with the final 20 minutes of the first half and then it carried over to the second half. We started to find our spacing and that created a lot of opportunities for us.”

Davenport (9-4) played for the fourth straight game without leading scorer Sarah Haight, who was injured two weeks ago. The Wildcats have lost three games without Haight.

“They’re definitely a very dangerous team with her back in there,” Reed said. “She is such a good player with the ball on her foot. It’s hurting them now to have her out, but it helps them, too, in the long run. They’re only going to be that much better with those girls learning to play without her.”

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