By Randy Cavin
Press Sports Editor
The Westview and Martin Middle School girls’ soccer teams debuted new head coaches in separate jamborees Saturday.
Westview won both of its games at the Dyersburg Jamboree with Emily Belote Johnson as the new head coach. The Lady Chargers beat Covington 2-0 and then got a 5-2 win over Obion Central in their second game.
Senior striker Anne Carithers showed why she should be considered the best player in the state as she scored all seven goals for the Lady Chargers.
Brady Spendlove got her first taste of competition as the new head coach of the middle school team. Martin beat West Fayette 4-0 in the first game, but they fell 2-0 to Jackson Christian School in the second contest.
Martin Middle School is at Trenton today and the Lady Chargers will have their home opener Thursday against Crockett County at 5:45. Spendlove is encouraging the fans to come out and support the Lady Chargers in their first home game of the season.
The first game for Westview was a high profile matchup against Covington as both teams were in the state tournament last season.
Covington had the top player in the state last year in Madison Luttrell. She scored 61 goals to lead the state, while Carithers was second in goals scored with 43. Luttrell has since graduated, so Saturday was Carithers’ time to shine, and that is what she did as she put the Lady Chargers on the scoreboard less than three minutes into the 40-minute contest, as they went on to win 2-0.
Carithers scored on a very good crossover corner kick by Channing Covington. Carithers almost did not get the point for Westview — Roree Roberts nearly scored the goal. Roberts was in a position to score inside the box, but she had three defenders and the goalkeeper battling her for the ball. Carithers entered the box and knocked the ball into the net for the point.
The Westview senior outran the defense to score her second goal after Lady Chargers’ junior goalkeeper Porter Mantooth made a save. Mantooth, playing soccer for the first time, had three saves in the shutout win.
Carithers was heating up just as the temperature was Saturday as she added five more goals to her tally in the second game against the Lady Rebels, which the Lady Chargers won 5-2. Brooklyn Young had an assist on one Carithers’ goals, while Johnson pointed out some other players in the game.
“Kaylen Mullins and Jayce Pearcy did good controlling the middle,” Johnson said. “Porter Mantooth had some awesome saves. We had some great learning moments.”
Westview will open the season Aug. 29 at Dyer County. The home opener for the Lady Chargers is Sept. 3 against Milan.
The middle school team may have its own version of what the high school squad has in Carithers. Kenzie Brewer scored all four goals in Martin’s 4-0 win against West Fayette in its first game at the Lexington Middle School Jamboree.
However, the Lady Chargers were shut out by the Lady Bruins of JCS in their second contest of the jamboree.
Spendlove was encouraged with what she saw from her team.
“The girls did great and I look forward to seeing how we compete this season,” Spendlove said. “We play Crockett County at home Thursday night and need some fans there.”