Cavaliers in cruise control in 8-0 win over West

Staff photo by TOM KING Manchester West goalie Abi St. Jean makes one of her 14 saves while surrounded by Hollis Brookline's Abbie Ogren (17), Kelsey Sweeney (3) and Izzy Menard (5) during the Cavaliers' 8-0 win on Monday in Hollis.

HOLLIS – They’re nice to have but the hardest games to coach.

For example, Hollis Brookline High School girls soccer coach Peter Clarke will have the spend the next couple of days impressing upon his players that the rest of this season’s games will likely be nothing like Monday’s 8-0 clinic-type win over Manchester West.

“It’s a very hard game to coach,” Clarke said after he got eight different scorers as his team improved to 2-0 on the young Division II season. “Hard because your players will tend to settle for what they know they can get away with on an 85-degree day. You have to challenge them to play the same way, come up with the same type of quality touches … It’s not an easy challenge. You have to get them focused on playing their game no matter who (the opponent) is.”

West coach Stephen O’Halloran tried to get his team focused, but the 0-2 Blue Knights sagged in the humidity once they got down early. HB’s Tasha White opened the scoring just over two minutes in as eight different Cavaliers scored.

Manchester West goalie Abi St. Jean was under siege, making 14 saves as her team was outshot 22-1. It was West’s second straight 8-0 loss to start the season.

Also scoring for the Cavs: Sophia Warren, Rachel Brackett, and Paisley Broadhurst in the first half, and Emma Ruvido, Kelsey Sweeney (who also had an assist), Caroline Smith, and Steph Menard in the second.

The Cavs visit Plymouth on Thursday and then will be tested at Souhegan a week from Friday. Would they have beaten a struggling team like the Knights like this last year, when they won only three games?

“We felt last year we were the other team that also played a great game but just couldn’t come up with a win,” Clarke said. “This year we’ve been able to add two or three players and a few things we want to do tactically, and it does seem to be making the difference. …

“If I’ve got eight kids attacking that well, then we might be all right.”