Lady Mustangs battle back to tie Eagles
by RICHARD ROBERTS Banner Sports Editor
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freshman Walker Valley midfielder Caitlin Dickson goes for the ball in the first half against a Signal Mountain defender Thursday, at Walker Valley. Banner photo, RICHARD ROBERTS
freshman Walker Valley midfielder Caitlin Dickson goes for the ball in the first half against a Signal Mountain defender Thursday, at Walker Valley. Banner photo, RICHARD ROBERTS
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This time head coach Nate Brown had nothing but praise for his Lady Mustangs after they recorded their second consecutive tie on the soccer field.

Walker Valley came back from a 1-0 halftime deficit to knot the score just minutes into the second half, and held off a solid Signal Mountain team for a 1-1 draw.

“I’m proud. Very proud, very proud,” said Brown afterward. “Even though it was a tie, Signal Mountain, they’re great. They are physical. They know how to knock the ball around.

“We were one goal down going into halftime. But we had a great, great team talk. The girls were ready to come back out and they came back out and played. Honestly, we both had chances. It could have gone either way. I am so, so proud.”

The Lady Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the 38th minute and kept the Lady Mustangs at bay the rest of the first half.

Walker Valley missed a tying goal by mere inches when a header off a free kick sailed just outside the left upright.

The tying score came minutes later when sophomore midfielder Jade Mayo kicked the ball across the line on a rebound shot.

Brown said the Lady Mustangs showed their potential after a somewhat lackluster first half.

“The first half, I don’t know if it was nerves or what it was,” he said. “The second half they came out with intensity. They came out with fire. They came out with power knowing they can play. And they did. I was proud of that second half. To come back from a goal down to tie, it’s a good thing, especially against a good side like Signal Mountain.”

With the score tied 1-1 the game was halted for more than 35 minutes in the 67th minute when a Signal Mountain player went down with a back injury. The injured Lady Eagle was treated by Walker Valley trainers and eventually taken to a medical facility by ambulance before the game resumed.

LADY EAGLES 1, LADY MUSTANGS 1

Halftime Score: Signal Mountain 1-0. Goals: Laney Locke (SM); Jade Mayo (WV). Assists: Avery Engles (SM); Taylor Ellis (WV). Records: Signal Mountain 2-1`-1; Walker Valley 2-0-2

BEARETTES 6,

LADY WILDCATS 1

Bradley Central got another win on the road, this time heading north to Monroe County to take on Sweetwater Thursday evening.

The Bearettes were able to put away four goals in the first half, while allowing the Lady Wildcats their lone goal of the match.

The girls in Black-and-Gold knocked in two more goals in the second half.

Caley Jones led the Bearettes in scoring with a total of four goals, with Haley Yarber and Astrid Pineda each chipping in a goal of their own.

Yarber assisted on three of the six goals and Jones also had an assist to her name.

Bradley will be back in action Sept. 3, hosting Hixson in their rescheduled match at 5:30 p.m.

BEARETTES 6, LADY WILDCATS 1

Halftime score: 4-1 (BC). Goals: Caley Jones 4, Haley Yarber, Astrid Pineda (BC). Assists: Yarber 3, Jones Record: Bradley Central 2-1; Sweetwater 1-2.