For a team that is young, the Foxboro Warriors looked liked they are quickly coming together about a week into the season. Against the Attleboro Blue Bombardiers, well placed crosses and quick runs into the Attleboro defensive area resulted in a strong performance from the Warriors' offense.
“At the end of last week we started to gel as a team and our passing, momentum, aggressiveness was all great and our ability to get into the back of the net was phenomenal today,” Foxboro head coach Kaitlin Lamothe-Vaughn said.
Behind a hat trick from freshman Kristen Bortolotti the Warriors improved to 2-1-1 with a 5-2 win over Attleboro.
After missing a breakaway goal in the seventh minute, Bortolotti would quickly get a second chance in the ninth minute, scoring on a corner kick for the early goal. The young striker struck again in the 13th minute after forcing an Attleboro turnover and converting on the one on one opportunity. Early in the match, Bortolotti was trouble for the Attleboro back-line with her ability to steal the from the defense and get open inside the penalty area for crosses.
“We did a good job of getting it to the corners and then pushing it to the 18 and making it across to the goal,” Lamothe-Vaughn said.
With the Warriors up 3-1, Bortolotti's third goal came in the 57th minute off a cross that deflected to to her feet and an open net.
The Blue Bombarders were able to cut the lead to 2-1 in the 45th minute when Paige Mederios beat the Foxboro defense for a breakaway goal. The lead was back to two in the 49th minute after Christina Stamatos followed though on a Siobhan Nolan shot to score on the rebound.
Nolan picked up her own goal in the 60th minute with a well placed ball to the low left post from the right.
Alexandra Akinyemi picked up a late goal for Attleboro in the 68th minute.
The Warriors travel to Oliver Ames (2-0-1) on Sept. 18.