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Lady Silver Knights Soccer Team Battling Hard

By Staff | Sep 14, 2016

Photo provided The TCHS Silver Knights soccer programs would like to thank Union Bank for their generous donation of a new scoreboard.

MIDDLEBOURNE – The Lady Knights recently battled hard against recently against two OVAC opponents but to no avail. The Linsly School got off to an early lead and did not look back from there getting a 7-0 win on the Knights home field.

Before reading more about the game though, TCHS took a moment to thank Union Bank for the school’s new scoreboard at the soccer field

“On behalf of the TCHS Silver Knights Soccer Programs, we would like to thank Union Bank for their generous donation!” said Jill Lemasters, parent of Jarrett Lemasters, a star soccer player. “It is because of their strong partnership with our school community that enables our teams to continue to strive to be the best. We thank them again for allowing us to reach for our goals! “

Back to soccer action.

While Tyler played hard against the Cadets, they had no answer for their sharp shooting forwards and midfielders. Tyler was not able to muster up any offense against Linsly. Goal keeper Autumn Wells had 15 saves in the game.

“Giving up 3 quick goals in the first 10 minutes put us in a bind,” Coach Ben Thomas said. “However, the girls played hard and never gave up. Most teams would have folded, at that point. But our girls chose to play harder. Though the result is not what we wanted, our girls did show resiliency tonight. One of the highlights for me is seeing our defense come out of their shell and starting to talk.”

Playing defense for most of the evening included Kassidy Starkey, Amanda Reynolds, Demery Nelson, Kenna Smith, and Ali Cooper.

“I can’t say enough about their effort,” Thomas said. “I understand that a good defense is the foundation of a strong team in any sport. As these girl’s get better then our team will continue improving, as well.”

Oak Glen came off a great year last year in winning the OVAC. It doesn’t look like much is going to change this year, as they are off to a great start in the 2016 season, coming into this week’s game with a 2-0 record they improved to 3-0 with an 8-0 win on the Knights field.

Tyler was met with great speed on the outside and consistency with passing on the inside. This proved to be too much for the Silver Knights. Wells played well at the keeper position, once again, with 17 saves. We did have five shots on goal in the contest. Smith and Megan Vandruff each had two shots on goal and Starkey had one shot on goal.

“Coming into this game, I knew two things. First, I knew that we have had a difficult time getting the ball up the field in the first two games of the season,” Thomas said. “And secondly, I knew that Oak Glen was a very skilled soccer team. To give us the best chance possible, I knew that we would have to make changes in our formation and try something new. That’s exactly what we did. Adding an extra midfielder in the lineup proved to be a better fit for us in gaining possession of the ball and generating some offense.”

Thomas said he is proud of how the Silver Knights step up.

“As a coach, I am always telling the girls that someone needs to step up,” he said. “But when you get three players in one game to step up, it makes you feel optimistic about the rest of our season and the future of the program. Belle Camerlin, Madison Glover, and Kara Smith showed me something new in their game against Oak Glen. Kara Smith helped the team possess the ball in the middle of the field, demonstrating leadership on the field, which is nice to see in a captain.

The coach offered high praise to Camerlin and West

“Belle and Madison played well on the outside position,” he said. “Both Belle and Madison are brand new to soccer this year, but they are making great improvements quickly. Seeing them both running through players to win the ball on several occasions is refreshing. Belle, particularly, has become quiet versatile on the soccer field, as she is playing almost the entire game every game, and is playing in almost every position in the field. Her speed on the outside makes her a threat for opposing teams for sure.”

Steubenville 6 Tyler 0

The Lady Knights faced a struggling Steubenville Big Red team who was coming off a two game losing streak. Tyler played with the Big Reds for the greater portion of the first half.

Steubenville scored their first goal at the halfway point in the first half and held them to just one goal until under the 10 minute mark when Steubenville scored two back to back goals in less than two minutes giving them the edge heading into halftime with a 3-0 lead.

The second half was much the same as the first half, as Steubenville Big Reds were able to squeak three additional goals past goal keeper Wells.

“Today, we did a much better job maintaining shape and playing the ball up the field,” Thomas said. “Now, we need to be a little more physical and play with more urgency to win 50/50 balls. As a whole, this is probably our best put together game of the season. Take away a few minutes of bad soccer, the score would have been easily different.”

At the goal keeping position, Wells was able to tally up seven saves on the day. Both Reynolds and Vandruff had one shot on goal.

“We are still searching for a win. We played four of the best OVAC teams to start our season. I am determined that we are not as bad as our record indicates. Being 0-4 to start our season simply means that we have to work harder. I tell the girls that teams are going to respect us because of our hard work.”

Tyler 2 Magnolia 0

Smith and Reynolds both scored for the Lady Knights early in the contest. TCHS was able to put together a total of 10 shots in the contest, including three from Vandruff, two from Smith and Cana Turner, and one shot from Reynolds and Isis Moore. Tyler held Magnolia to only 8 shots, which is the season fewest. Wells saved all 8 shots.

“Coming into this week, I knew we would be faced with comparable competition in Magnolia and Ravenswood,” Thomas said. “Against Magnolia, emotions were definitely flaring, as they should in a rivalry game. However, it was nice to get 2 early goals. This gave our girls much needed confidence. From there, it was all about doing the simple things, such as talking and passing with purpose, along with minimizing costly errors, and preventing shots on goal for Magnolia. And though it was not the best fundamentally sound game for us, we were able to secure the victory. This was a team win. Really, for me, there was no one player who stuck out. It was a team effort.”

Ravenswood 2 Tyler 0

Against Ravenswood, the Knights shot toward the goal 10 times. Smith had 5 shots, Starkey and Reynolds had 2 shots each, and Belle Camerlin had one shot in the contest. Defensively Wells saved all Ravenswood’s shots on goal, with a total of 15 saves.

“This game was a heartbreaking loss for us. We outplayed them and out possessed them. However, in the end they beat us due to two penalty kicks. Autumn Wells continues to improve in the keeper position, as she frequently will challenge opposing teams and players when attacking the goal. She is an aggressor who is willing to come out of the goal area to challenge balls. This type of play forces opposing players to make mistakes and not have clean shots on goal,” Thomas said.

Also, standing out on the defensive side of the ball is Ashley Fluharty and Vandruff.

“Both of these girls are working hard, and both made some great plays on the ball against Ravenswood to help keep them from scoring,” Thomas said. “It is exciting to see our girls coming together in the middle of the season. Starting a season with four straight losses can be difficult to overcome, especially for a young team. However, our girls continue to work hard and listen during practices and they continue to support one another.”