The Stewarts Creek Red Hawk soccer team improved to 8-0 thanks to a 4-0 victory against the district rival Siegel Stars Thursday night.
Senior forward Delaney Mitchell led the way for Stewarts Creek with a pair of goals. The first came in the second half’s opening minute, and the second goal 15 minutes later.
“I can’t do it without the people behind me,” Delaney Mitchell said.
While Mitchell led the Red Hawks in scoring, it was her twin sister, Dakota Mitchell, who scored the game’s first goal. Her goal came in the final 15 minutes of the first half. She navigated her way through a mass of Red Hawks, and Stars bunched together near the Siegel goal and were able to get the ball past the Siegel goalie Madison Hatcher.
“She never gives up,” Delaney Mitchell said of her sister. “They played her hard and she just pushed through.”
Siegel nearly tied the game just before the first half ended. With a minute to play until halftime, a shot by sophomore Kendra Baptiste went by Stewarts Creek goalie Karli Newton, but the ball ricocheted off the near post.
“Sometimes they go your way, sometimes they don’t,” Stewarts Creek coach Jeff Marlow said after the game. “We were due one going our way.”
The Red Hawks were able to turn the Stars misfortune into their gain, as freshman Kinley Buena scored with 40 seconds remaining in the first half to put Stewarts Creek up 2-0.
“She’s going to be a four-year starter it looks like,” Marlow said. “We like what she’s doing for us. The good thing is they all continue to improve every day.”
The win puts Stewarts Creek in command of District 7-3A. It was also the first time in program history the Red Hawks have shut out Siegel.
“It’s the first time we’ve ever done that in our school’s history,” Mitchell said. “These past few games I feel like our team has worked a lot harder and we’re a lot stronger this year than we were last year.”