Two goals in the first half proved to be all it took for the Lady Mustangs to get their second District 5-AAA win, as they topped the Bearettes 2-0.
“I’ve never been so proud of them. They’ve been doing everything that I tell them and they just came out and performed — it was awesome,” Walker Valley head coach Nathan Brown declared.
On the flip side, Bradley coach Chrissy McKinney was less than pleased by her team’s performance.
“It’s really astounding to me, because we came off of a really good weekend. A lot of the things that we’ve been trying to put together all season did not happen tonight,” McKinney commented. “Props to Walker Valley, they had a lot of positives on their side. They’ve got some pretty incredible players.”
Both teams were locked in back and forth play for the first 20 minutes of the match, until Jacey Edwards, with an assist by Kenzie Morris, got the Lady Mustangs on the board.
A few minutes later, Mya Patel, assisted by Allyson Flock, was able to give Walker Valley a two-goal lead over Bradley.
The remainder of the match was solidly controlled by the Lady Mustangs defenders, who ensured that goalkeeper Abbey Saunders got the shutout.
“We had worked on a few things in practice that would help us out defensively and they executed it perfectly. Bradley didn’t get many shots because the girls have taken what I’ve said and applied it to the game,” Brown stated.
If it hadn’t have been the efforts of Bearettes’ keeper Lydia Brown, the score could have easily been higher for Walker Valley, which had many chances.
“Lydia is always a big help for us. The defense relies a lot on her and sometimes that’s probably part of our issue on defense — they know that she can handle some of that stuff. Stepping to the ball is a decision, it’s not a skill,” McKinney said.
Bradley is still looking for its first district win, and will have one final shot on Thursday as it hosts Ooltewah at 5:30.
The game will be the Bearettes’ senior night, and McKinney is glad to have the home pitch advantage.
“I think any time you play at home, it’s a lot easier,” McKinney said.
Walker Valley will finish up district play on the road, as it travels to Soddy-Daisy for a 5:30 match.
Coach Brown knows the Lady Trojans, who are quite a soccer powerhouse in the area, will be quite a challenge for his team.
“Soddy-Daisy has a very good team, but I believe in these girls,” Brown stated. “If we play to our potential, if we can get a couple of goals and score early, it’s going to be a good game. Hopefully we can ride high off of this game.”
SODDY-DAISY — For the past six years Cleveland has been held winless against soccer powerhouse Soddy-Daisy.
Tuesday night changed all that though, as the Lady Raiders were able to come back in the final minutes of play and get a 2-1 victory over the Lady Trojans.
The combo of Sohara Perez and Sam DeBien proved to be a winning one Tuesday.
Perez, with an assist by DeBien, tied the game up 1-1 with just over 11 minutes remaining in play.
With a mere four minutes left in regulation, DeBien, assisted by Perez, got the go-ahead goal for Cleveland.
The win over District 5-AAA rival Soddy-Daisy gives the Lady Raiders a district record of 4-2, with an over all record of 10-5.
LADY MUSTANGS 2, BEARETTES 0
Halftime score: 2-0. Goals: Jacey Edwards, Mya Patel. Assists: Kenzie Morris, Allyson Flock. Record: Walker Valley 6-5-1, 2-3 District 5-AAA; Bradley Central 6-8, 0-5 District 5-AAA.
LADY RAIDERS 2, LADY TROJANS 1
Halftime score: 1-0. Goals: Sohara Perez, Sam DeBien (CHS); Miranda Smith (SD). Assists: Perez, DeBien (CHS); Kelsey Henry (SD). Record: Cleveland 10-5, 4-2 District 5-AAA; Soddy-Daisy 6-7-1, 2-3 District 5-AAA.