Andrea Kowalski sprints by a Pinckney defender in Bulldogs season-opening loss to the Pirates. Photo by Mike Williamson

Mother Nature has wreaked havoc on the start of the spring sports season, but girls’ soccer kicked off on a cold night Thursday, April 5 as Pinckney blanked Chelsea 3-0 in the season opener.

Chelsea never really got on track offensively as the Pirates kept them on their heels most of the night with a pressure defense.

Pinckney carried the play for most of the first half picking up five corner kicks.

The first scoring chance of the game came with 20 minutes left when Pinckney’s Allison Thelen burst through the defense on net, but Chelsea goaltender Emily Griggs came out and made a sliding save to keep the game scoreless.


A short time later, Chelsea had a chance of their own when Alexa Quintana took a crossing pass, but her shot just went over the crossbar.

Pinckney broke through with six minutes left in the half when Thelen drilled a shot into the upper right corner of the net to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead.

In the final minute of the half, the Pirates made it 2-0 when Thelen knocked home a rebound with 39 seconds left.

Early in the second half, Pinckney sent a pass deep into Chelsea territory and Griggs tried to come out to make a play on it, but Thelen beat her to the ball and chipped it past her and it trickled into the net for the hat trick and a 3-0 Pinckney lead.

Chelsea picked up the offensive pressure later in the second half, taking a few shots on net, but they were unable to find the twine.

Pinckney starts the season 1-0 in SEC White, while Chelsea is 0-1.