Kingston blanks Devils’ in opener

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Monday night saw the Kingston Yellow Jackets spoil the soccer season opener for the Harriman Blue Devils, 4-0, in Kingston.

A good defensive first half from both teams ended with the Yellow Jackets scoring a goal off the foot of Isaac Pettit with under five minutes left in the first half, and the Yellow Jackets never looked back as they went on to score three goals in the second half to seal the victory.

Harriman head coach Christina Van Meter was pleased with her team’s effort on the field Monday night.

“This team is well rounded and has already shown improvement from our preseason scrimmage,” she said.

VanMeter added after the contest. “We are excited and look forward to seeing where the team will go this season.”

The Yellow Jacket’s head coach, Keaton Shillings was also positive after the victory.

“It took us some time to get moving and adjust to our game plan, but when we did, it was so much easier for us to control the game,” he said.

After the Jackets’ slow offensive first half, they were able to come out in the second half of play and take control.

Colt Chapman put the ball in the back of the net to bring the score to 2-0 in favor of Kingston in the second half.

Dylan Harris and Kade Roberts both scored goals for the Jackets to lift their lead to 4-0, resulting in the final score.

“While a win is always enjoyable, we still have most of the season ahead of us, so it’s important to pay yourself on the back for a well played game, but then change your focus to the next game. We have so much potential, we need to carry this momentum into the next few training sessions and games,” Shillings said.