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Lady Knight soccer team hosts last home game

By Staff | Oct 21, 2009

The last home game of the season dawned bright, early and very cold on Saturday for the Tyler Consolidated Lady Knight soccer team. Hosting the more experienced Lady Red Devils of Ravenswood, the Tyler Consolidated team had their work cut out for them, but fell behind early in the game and eventually came up on the short end of the 7-1 score.

“We had some mistakes, and sometimes found ourselves standing and staring, but on the whole, we didn’t do bad,” said head coach of the Lady Knights, Cliff Warner.

“We did a lot better against them here at home than we did when we went to Ravenswood to play.”

Behind 3-1 at the half, the Silver and Blacks only score of the day came on a Carissa Beaver kick into the net.

Goal keeper for the Knights, Emily Wildman, found herself guarding a “mud bog” in the second half of the game, but paid it little mind as she dove into the murky mess time and time again denying Ravenswood goal after goal. “Emily had more than 20 saves in the game,” the coach said. “She played one heck of a game. She made some beautiful saves.”

Warner said he was pleased with his team’s defensive effort in the game. “We have a tendency to play in the middle to much,” he said. “We need to use the field more. But our passes were better and the girls were thinking ahead.”

Immediately following the game, the three seniors on the team, Haley Acree, Nicole Stinespring and Tara Jones, and their parents, were honored by the fans and team mates with a small recognition ceremony on the field.

“These three seniors will be sorely missed next year, I can tell you that,” Warner said.

“They’ve each given so much to the team and the other kids really look up to them.”

Acree and Stinespring have given four years to the soccer program while Jones has been with the team for the last two seasons.

The Lady Knights began Sectional play on Tuesday in New Martinsville against the Magnolia Blue Eagles. The winner of that game will go on to play Wheeling Central for the Sectional title and the right to represent the Section in the Regionals next week.