The Walker Valley junior goalie made save after save as the Lady Trojans kept a barrage shots flying toward the nylon. Soddy-Daisy fired 30 shots on goal at the busy Moreland. The Lady Mustangs had only three on the evening.
“Jaimee played outstanding tonight. She is doing soccer and another activity so she doesn’t get to dedicate as much here but we don’t need to spend a lot of time,” praised Bayliss. “She is a great goalkeeper and a great player.”
The Lady Trojans led 1-0 at halftime and scored in the first two minutes of the second half to go up 2-0.
“Soddy is a ranked team, No. 4, and we knew what we were up against. It was going to be a different game than what we have faced so far this season, a different team. I told the girls if they would give me 100 percent and they were satisfied with what they did, then I could be happy with that,” Bayliss explained.
“We were able to do that in the first half. We hung with them. We may not have had a lot of attacks but I think we played pretty well.”
Walker Valley’s Riley Kralik cut the Soddy lead to 2-1 with a perfectly placed free kick in the 52nd-minute that sailed over the Lady Trojans’ keeper into the left corner of the goal.
It would be the only offense the Lady Mustangs could muster against the stingy Soddy-Daisy defense.
The Lady Trojans added three more goals before the final whistle to make it 5-1.
“The second half, fitness may have come in but I think mentally we kind of let down. We are not used to playing at the level we need to play to beat a Soddy,” said Bayliss. “But we are working on it and I think the girls have bought in at practice as to how hard you have to work. It’s an 80-minute game and you have to work it really hard for 80 minutes. I think they are understanding what it takes; they are just not there yet.”