Ladies soccer team drops two
While it was a “no win”week for the Lady Knight soccer team at Tyler Consolidated, head coach Cliff Warner is as pleased as punch with the attitude and level of play of his team.
“We lost both of our games this week, but we finally played like I knew we could on Thursday,” he said. “I was very pleased with the kids.”
The Lady Knights traveled to South Harrison on Oct. 6 to take on the Lady Hawks where they took the fall by an 8-1 score.
“I don’t know what happened,” Warner said. “It was like we didn’t show up to the game or something.
“We’re better than what we showed in this game, that’s for sure.”
The only Consolidated score of the game came when Marley Snider kicked her first goal of the season in the second half of the game. Haley Acree assisted on the play.
Goal keeper for the Knights, Emily Wildman, had 22 saves on the day.
At Wheeling Central on Thursday, the Lady Knights came into their own, battling the Lady Maroon Knights in a hard fought game.
Though Tyler Consolidated lost the game by a four point margin, 5-1, it was definitely not due to a lack of effort.
“The girls hung right with Wheeling Central,” coach Warner said. “It was not at all like the team I saw against South Harrison. Our defense was good, we made good choices and passed the ball very well. It was a tight, tense game, and that’s what we’re looking for.”
Both teams battled to a 0-0 standstill in the first 25 minutes of the game before the Maroon Knights hit the net with a score. At the half, Central led the Silver Knights, 3-0.
Carissa Beaver scored Consolidated’s only score of the game in the second half on a corner kick with an assist by team mate Jackie Clark. Goalie Emily Wildman had 12 saves.
“Wheeling Central had two low-percentage goals, from outside the 18 yard line, which doesn’t happen much,” the coach said. “Without those, it’s a 3-1 game.”
“Several of the girls stepped up and played very well in this game,” he said.
“A couple of times we were caught off guard, looking at the goal, but overall we played right with them. And they are a good team, ninth in the OVAC I think.”
The Lady Knights will play their last regular game of the season on Saturday when they host the Lady Red Devils of Ravenswood at Burgbacher Field at 10:30 a.m.
In fact, it will be a double dose of soccer for fans as the Silver Knight boys soccer team will take on Ravenswood at 1 p.m. on the same day.
As it will be the last regular season game for both teams, seniors on both teams, and their parents, will be recognized between the two games.