WASHINGTON — Morgan Alderton kicked in two goals, and the Class A No. 20 Rivet girls soccer team defense handcuffed Washington Catholic, 3-1, for a Blue Chip Conference victory Wednesday.
Alderton scored the first half's only goal, redirecting a keeper bobble in the 19th minute for the Patriots (5-4-1, 3-0 BCC). They pushed it to 3-0 in the second half. Alderton converted with her left foot in the 66th minute off a Maggie Earley cross to the right side. Six minutes later, Earley intercepted a pass and boomed a 32-yarder over the keeper.
Keeper Katie McGuire made seven saves in the win.
Rivet coach John Anderson liked that former keeper Jayda Millspaugh returned from injury.
"We moved her to midfield, and she did an excellent job of distributing the ball," Anderson said. "Kaytlin Lane and Olivia Mitchell were also excellent in the midfield, pressuring Washington Catholic and getting the ball to our forwards.
"It was a good, competitive battle for us, and a good defensive battle in the first half," he said. "It was a good team game for us. Getting Jayda back gives us another body to help out. I anticipate us getting stronger toward the end of the year, getting healthier, and having an idea of where we need to be."
The Patriots host Northview at 10 a.m. Saturday.