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Girls soccer: McCafferty’s goal lifts PHS over Dover – Sports – fosters.com


DOVER — It wasn’t the most spectacular goal of Katey McCafferty’s varsity soccer career, but it was an effective one.

The Portsmouth High School senior rolled a left-to-right shot that slipped under the keeper and across the goal line, snapping a scoreless tie late in the second half of the Clippers’ 1-0 Division I girls soccer win over Dover.

“I don’t think it was the best goal,” McCafferty said. “I think my goal was lucky. But I think it builds off of us continuing to press our team, and as a team I think we’re just getting better at possessing and playing simple which is what we need to keep doing.”

Portsmouth (2-3) has won two straight games after opening with three straight losses, carrying some of the momentum over from its 4-0 win over Salem earlier this week.

“It really picked us up,” McCafferty said, “because I think we were feeling a little bit down about having an 0-3 start.”

Entering the second half tied 0-0, Portsmouth owned the better of the territorial play over the final 40 minutes. The Clippers finally broke through with less than 10 minutes remaining when McCafferty collected the ball with some space from about 8 yards out and found the corner.

“We just need to do it sooner,” she said. “We need to bring our intensity in the first half, right away.”

Dover (1-3) lost its third straight game.

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