It was a good week, it wasn't a good week for the Lady Knight varsity soccer team at Tyler Consolidated High School. The team got the win over South Harrison and put on a fine performance at Ravenswood, but fell to Magnolia in their first outing, putting a frown on the overall expectations.
On Sept. 13 the Lady Knights welcomed the Lady Blue Eagles to Brugbracher Field in Middlebourne, and when all was said and done, went to the locker room with the surprising 2-1 loss.
"We took 32 shots on goal, and made one count," said head coach of the Silver and Black. "We're better than that, we really are. It was a disappointment for all of us."
Senior Meg Warner made the only hometown goal of the game.
"We controlled the ball throughout the game, put them on defense 85 percent of the game," the coach said. "And we took our shots, we just couldn't get the ball into the net."
At South Harrison on Sept. 15 the Lady Knights pulled off an impressive, 5-1 win over the home team. we won 5-1.
Scoring for the Silver and Black were Carissa Beaver, on a penalty kick; Marley Snider, Jennifer Yost, Allison Placer and Gabby Clegg who scored the first goal of her varsity soccer career.
"Everything came together for us in this one," Warner said. "It was the game we needed to get our heads back on straight. We controlled the game, took our time and did what we have been practicing for weeks and weeks."
The Ladies traveled to Ravenswood on Saturday to take on the Red Devils in an expected difficult game, coming out on the short end of the score, 4-0.
"Yes, we lost, but we played well with this team," the coach said. "Ravenswood is a very good team with an established program, and I was pleased that we did not back down from them."
"We changed up our formation, and had an excellent effort by our defensive players. Meg Warner, Tiffany Kernan, and Taylor Clem all were on their game. And our goal keeper, Sophie Kinnard had a heck of a game in goal. We pulled them offsides nine times in the game, and that's saying something with a club like theirs."
"I can see improvement every time we take the field. We're still somewhat lacking in individual, basic knowledge of the game. The effort is certainly there, we just need to fine tune our skills."
On Saturday in Ravenswood, the Knight team were able to shield themselves from the glaring sun thanks to a brand new canopy provided by thoughtful fans of the team. "We'd really like to thank our soccer parents for donating the canopy to us," Warner said. "I can't tell you how much the girls and I appreciate their thoughtfulness. We used it Saturday and it really made a difference. We truly do appreciate everything they do for us."