A little outburst from its coach equaled a big offensive outburst for Paul Dunbar.
After watching her young team score just four goals in six games so far this season, and after watching it score none in the first 40 minutes Wednesday, Emily Coleman used her outside voice in the halftime huddle.
Coleman's crew answered her call for more movement on offense and scored three goals in the second half to down visiting Sayre 3-0.
"She definitely got us pumped up," senior Sydney Golden said diplomatically of Coleman's halftime speech.
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It did something to senior forward Dawn Pittman, who scored twice in three minutes for the Bulldogs, who had 16 shots on goal to just two for the Spartans, a relatively inexperienced team of their own this season.
For Pittman's first goal, she collected a ricochet off of a deflected corner kick and popped it back into the goal.
After so many scoreless minutes, Pittman said, she was glad to finally find the back of the goal.
"It was a big relief," she said. "Hopefully it will be a jump start to more goals this season."
"It's definitely going to start us up," chimed in Golden, who took 15 shots but could never get one to go.
Three minutes later, Pittman tapped in a second goal to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead.
They played more aggressively in the second half and started listening to what their coach has been preaching, the players said.
"We worked together as a team and talked more like we've been working on in practice, and it finally all came together," Golden said.
Coleman was glad to see several of her upperclassmen propel Dunbar to the win.
"When you have seniors on the field, you want them to be that impact player," she said. "You want them leading the team and making a difference on the field."
With less than five minutes to go, junior Rhiannon Laumas scored the third goal off a corner kick by teammate Abby Kovacs to make it 3-0.
"That was nice, getting three goals in a half," Coleman said. "Hopefully now they realize what they can do if they put two halves together."
It was what she was trying to convey at halftime. It's what she's been trying to convey all season.
"We have to find the right movement, the right times to create opportunities for us to finish shots," she explained.
"We're a very young team, and it's going to take time," she said with a smile. "Hopefully we all have enough patience to work through that."
Paul Dunbar 3, Sayre 0
Goals—Dawn Pittman 2, Rhiannon Laumas. Goalkeepers—S: Alex Gibson, Beth McGrath; PLD: Autumn Williams.
Records — Sayre 4-6-1, Paul Dunbar 4-3.