Lady Mustangs fall to perennial soccer powerhouse GPS
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CASSIE CRAFT works to keep the ball in Walker Valley’s possession Tuesday evening during the Lady Mustangs’ game against GPS. Walker Valley fell to GPS 7-0.
Banner photo, SARALYN NORKUS CASSIE CRAFT works to keep the ball in Walker Valley’s possession Tuesday evening during the Lady Mustangs’ game against GPS. Walker Valley fell to GPS 7-0.
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Walker Valley came up short Tuesday night, as the Lady Mustangs fell to Chattanooga’s Girls Preparatory School 7–0.

“I scheduled this game as a learning process for my team. GPS is probably one of the best teams, if not the best, team in the state. They have already beaten a number of high-quality opponents, and have a great shot at winning the state championship,” head coach Nathan Brown said.

The Lady Mustangs could not get their offense going against the Bruisers of GPS, as the ball rarely crossed midfield into their opponent’s territory and they were not able to muster any significant shots on the Bruisers’ goal.

The Bruisers were able to penetrate Walker Valley’s defense and put up goals at the 26-, 17-, 14- and 11-minute marks of the first half, making the score 4–0 going into the second half.

“They have quite a few good players on their team, some of which already have Division I scholarships under their belts because of their outstanding play,” coach Brown said.

The Bruisers were able to continue their defensive prowess and offensive execution in the second half, as the Lady Mustangs had no answer for the Bruisers.

The Lady Mustangs would surrender three more goals before the match would end, bringing the end score to 7-0.

Despite the score, Brown noted that Walker Valley had numerous positive performances.

“Despite the score, our goalkeeper, Abby Saunders, had a solid game and had quite a few great saves. Isabel Swafford had a strong game as well; she tracked her man, blocked and commanded the field,” Brown said.

Coach Brown believes Tuesday’s game to be of upmost importance for his teams development heading into future games.

“Considering that we were playing such a high-quality opponent it is a great accomplishment that defensively we were able to track out our wingers, as well as seamlessly shift our defense in a lot of situations. We can build on this and work on our shortcomings for future opponents” the coach said.

Tuesday night’s loss was Walker Valley’s third shutout of the young season, which brings their overall record to 4-3.

The Lady Mustangs will look to improve as they travel to Ooltewah and take on the Lady Owls Thursday night.

BRUISERS 7, LADY MUSTANGS 0

Halftime score: 4–0.