By Emily Brennan
The Mystic Valley girls’ soccer team celebrated Reilly Hickey on Thursday as she scored her 100th career goal in a 7-1 victory over Innovation Academy at Eastern Avenue. It was the seventh win of the season for the Eagles, who improved to 7-3-1 overall.
“I’m very proud of Reilly,” Mystic Valley Head Coach Matt Offner said. “It is an incredible accomplishment and payoff for all her hard work.”
With the sun in their eyes, the Eagles had a bit of a slow start, yet were still able to open the scoring. It happened in the 18th minute, as Aya Abbassi passed to Hickey, who calmly slid the ball to the right as the goalkeeper dove left. Minutes later the Eagles went up 2-0 after an own goal from a corner kick.
Innovation responded, creating space past the Eagles’ defense to net the ball in the far-right side of the goal for a 2-1 score. Abbassi had a hand in the next goal, lofting a ball that passed over an Innovation defender to find Julia Kearns, who kicked the ball into the far-left corner of the goal for a 3-1 advantage and her first goal of the season.
The Eagles made it 4-1 in the 45th minute when senior captain Evie Reynolds lined up about 18 yards outside of the box and lofted a ball into the lower left corner of the net. Hickey scored her 100th goal as she dribbled the ball down the middle of the field with incredible speed. As the Innovation Academy keeper challenged her, Hickey pushed the ball past her for the milestone. One more goal from Hickey allowed Mystic Valley to lead 6-1, and Lucia Antonucci concluded the scoring with a goal that came in the 68th minute of the game for the 7-1 win.
“Overall, I’m very proud of this group,” Offner said. “This was an important win for us as we look to lock things up in the conference. It has been a great week for us.”