Lady Knights Soccer Team Gaining Steam
Tyler Girls finished the week on Saturday with a win at home over Ravenswood to snap a two game losing streak. The week opened up on Tuesday with a road trip to Warren Local, Ohio, after a long Labor Day weekend break.
The home team from Warren ended the match with a 30 shot advantage over the Knights to gain the win as they took 32 shots on goal to the Knights two.
“The long holiday weekend really took it’s toll on us. I elected to take Monday off thinking it would be good for our girls to rest after starting the season with very little breaks between games. That was a mistake on my part. We were flat and never did get in our rhythm.” said Coach Ben Thomas.
However there was still a bright spot on the field for the visiting Knights. Goal Keeper Autumn Wells, earned a very good 26 saves during the match.
“This team owes it to Autumn to continue to work hard. Autumn is improving and is becoming one of the best goal keepers in the area. Tonight she saved us multiple times, stealing shots from Warren, which would other wise be goals on other goal keepers.”
On the evening, Kassidy Starkey and Joralda Rice each had one shot on goal.
Thursday evening proved to be a different story for the Lady Knights. After falling to South Harrison earlier in the season 10-0, Coach Thomas wanted his team to play for respect. And that is what the Lady Knights did, as the home team of Tyler Consolidated were able to hold the Hawks to just four goals.
“We held South Harrison scoreless for most of the first half and limited their shots on goal to under 20 for the game. South Harrison is one of the most fundamental teams we play all season. They pass well, they score from anywhere, and they can put the ball just about anywhere on the field. Really all I can ask of our girls, as a Coach, is effort, and they brought it tonight. They played to win, and even though we didn’t get the win, I am proud of the way we Played, ” said Coach Thomas. “I told them before the game that if we can make the game respectable then it is a win for us. It just doesn’t get much better than South Harrison in single A soccer in West Virginia. That’s how much respect I have of them.”
On the evening, the Knights took nine shots on goal, led by Amanda Reynolds with five shots. Also taking shots included Kenna Smith, Joralda Rice, Kassidy Starkey, and Madison Craven, each with one shot on goal. Goal Keeper Autumn Wells finished with 13 saves for the match.
The week just kept getting better for the Knights, with a home victory on Saturday, against the visiting Ravenswood High School team, by a final score of 4-1. That was the first home victory in more than four years for the Knights.
“We just keep getting better as a team. We are playing better together. The girls are understanding the game better and good things are happening. Today was a total team effort. On defense we shut down their strong forwards who made several runs toward the goal and on offense we had to possess the ball. From one side of the field to the other the girls fought and played well together.” added Coach Thomas.
Scoring for the Knights included Kenna Smith and Amanda Reynolds each with two goals. Kenna put the ball in the net first with a penalty kick at the 10:55 mark in the first half sending the Knights into halftime with a 1-0 score. Things evened out in the second half when Ravenswood broke away for a score by Aspen Sheets before the Silver Knights went on a scoring spree, knocking in three goals in less than eight minutes.
Amanda Reynolds scored scored two of the goals for Tyler with one coming at the 14:20 mark and the other at 8:25. Kenna Smith then scored at the 7:37 mark of the game giving the Knights the victory. Altogether Smith took six shots on goal and Reynolds had eight. Belle Camerlin added one shot on goal, giving the Silver and Black a total of 15 shots on the evening.