Foust sparks Harriton in quarterfinal

Harriton goalie Melina Avery , with Alexa Foust (7) and Maura Henderson, defends against Kennard-Dale's Nicole Black.
Harriton goalie Melina Avery , with Alexa Foust (7) and Maura Henderson, defends against Kennard-Dale's Nicole Black.
Posted: June 03, 2013

EXETER TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Defenders were no obstacle for Harriton's Caleigh Foust as she captured the draw, dodged a defender, spun around another, and recovered her own loose ball before firing the goal.

She won the ensuing draw and did it all over again.

Foust, a senior attack, scored twice in less than a minute early in the second half Saturday to break Kennard-Dale's spirits and power Harriton to a 20-9 victory in the PIAA girls' lacrosse quarterfinals at Exeter Township High School.

The afternoon's strong sun did not slow Foust, but it did make her neon cleats appear a bit brighter. The girl in the orange shoes, as one Kennard-Dale mother shouted, finished with seven goals and two assists.

Foust used to be the girl with the gold shoes, she said. She bought the orange cleats before the season after her gold ones had become worn.

"These were the brightest I could find," said Foust, who packed the orange cleats into her bag after the game and slipped on black running sneakers.

Foust injured her right ankle late in the second half and said she could have returned if the game was closer.

She was dominant off the draw, using her speed to breeze past the defense. Foust said she began learning to take draws last week.

"It's just practice," coach George Dick said. "You learn how to practice, you can do it. It's repetition."

Harriton also received five goals from Jane Henderson and three assists from Julia Marks. Goalie Melina Avery turned away nine shots and received a deserved break late in the second half as Harriton controlled possession.

The win was the 100th of Dick's career, but he said it's not yet a reason to celebrate. The sixth-year coach said his team is still focused on a state title.

"Tell the kids now that we have one shot," he said.

He then walked across the field and found his players in an adjacent garage waiting to cheer their coach's milestone.

Kennard-Dale 5 4 - 9

Harriton 8 12 - 20

Goals: KD-Maggie Biederman, Nicole Black 2, Taylor Davis, Morgan Day 4, Haley Romoser; H-Bailey Ebby 2, Caleigh Foust 7, Maura Henderson 4, Jane Henderson 5, Alex Ladda, Katie Melvin.

Saves: KD-Alana Pietra 4; H-Melina Avery 9.


Contact Matt Breen at mbreen@phillynews.com. Follow on Twitter @matt_breen.

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