Harlem’s soccer programs took two different approaches against Glenn Hills on Tuesday night but walked away with the same result.
The Lady Bulldogs controlled play from the outset and won in a rout, 11-1, while the boys nipped the Spartans, 2-1.
The result was more of the same for the Lady Bulldogs (8-0, 7-0 Region 3-AAA) who have scored 53 goals while allowing only four.
Senior Jade Cotton didn’t score until Harlem was up 4-1, but took over at that point and finished with four goals.
“She’s doing it all,” head coach George Berry said of Cotton, who also had an assist. “She’s a complete player.”
Olivia Fitzgerald scored two of Harlem’s first three goals, with assists from left winger Kayla Mills and Cotton. Mills also scored and registered three assists.
The Lady Bulldogs led 7-1 at the break, then closed out the game on a Danielle LeDoux goal with just over 20 minutes left.
The boys game was a much tighter affair.
Trailing 1-0 at the half, the Spartans (3-4) got an accidental-tying goal. A Santo Nina shot was kicked backward by a defenseman over the head of goalie Austin Kisinger less than a minute into the second half.
Matt Logue answered 23 seconds later for the Bulldogs (5-3), taking a pass from Andrew Smith in front of the net and scoing the eventual game-winner.
“He chipped it over and I was there,” Logue said.
Logue was instrumental in the Bulldogs’ first goal, curling a pass over the head of the goalie to a waiting Deondre Kersey, who headed it in.
Even with the win, Harlem head coach Mike Hopkins wasn’t pleased.
“We didn’t play our game tonight,” said Hopkins. “We played kickball. It’s frustrating.”