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Tandem hat tricks propel Lady Chargers past Peabody; WHS can’t stop 4A Henry County

Tandem hat tricks propel Lady Chargers past Peabody; WHS can’t stop 4A Henry County
Tandem hat tricks propel Lady Chargers past Peabody; WHS can't stop 4A Henry County | Westview Lady Chargers, Henry County Lady Patriots, high school soccer, Emily Belote, Lucy Redmond

Pressure — Westview’s Maddison Henderson (left) rushes in after a Lady Charger shot hoping to force the Henry County keeper into a mistake during soccer action Tuesday night.
Three was a magic number for the Westview Lady Chargers in a 6-1 thrashing of the visiting Peabody Lady Golden Tide Monday afternoon at the MTD Soccer Complex in Martin.
The results did not go in Westview’s favor on Tuesday as the visiting Henry County Lady Patriots, a Class 4A squad, held the Lady Chargers out of the goal en route to a 6-0 win.
On Monday, the Lady Chargers used a pair of hat tricks by Emily Belote and Lucy Redmond to blast past the Tide in an important District 14 A-AA victory.
“We played great. They played us extremely well at their place, and we only won 2-1,” Westview head coach Stan Vickers said of his team’s win over Peabody.
The Blue and Gold wasted no time in getting its offense in gear, scoring a Redmond goal just 10 seconds into the action. Melissa Johnson earned the assist on the goal.
“We had three quick passes and Lucy put it in the back of the net. It was just like you’d draw it up,” Vickers noted.
Redmond added a second goal with Jennifer Johnson earning credit for the helper. Again the play was executed with near-perfect passing.
Peabody posted a breakaway goal when the WHS defense cheated up too far to leave Westview’s halftime lead at 2-1.
In the second half, Belote got into the swing of things. The senior forward has been nursing a knee injury and, as a result, has seen limited minutes on the field. Belote only played 10 minutes in second half of the win over Peabody, but made the most of her time with three unassisted goals.
The final Westview goal came off the foot of Redmond to complete her hat trick and close the scoring in the Lady Chargers 6-1 victory.
Defensively, freshman Macy Vincent made nine total saves, seven in the first half when the action was closer.
The win sets up a huge match with Dyersburg at 6 on Thursday evening at the MTD Soccer Complex. A Westview win over Dyersburg will create a tie at the top of the district standings.
“Thursday is a big game for us. After playing that well on Monday, I’ve got a positive feeling about our game with Dyersburg,” Vickers said.
On Tuesday night, the Westview coach opted to rest many of his starters against Henry County to save them for the more important district match-up. In their place, the younger Lady Chargers saw valuable time on the field against the Lady Patriots.
“That was good experience for our younger girls. When you play a 4A school, they have a much bigger pool to build a team from,” Vickers said. “I was very happy with the way we held them to a 3-0 score at halftime. Our younger players did what I asked them to.”
Within the first two minutes of play, the Lady Patriots had slipped a shot just inside the goal post for a 1-0 lead.
Westview’s best chance came 15 minutes into the action when a long shot from the right side by Evelyn Daniel took a high bounce off the turf and nearly went over the HCHS keeper’s raised hands into the goal.
Near the mid-point of the first half, Henry County doubled its lead to 2-0 with a low, hard shot just inside the right post. A goal off a corner kick provided the third and final goal of the opening 40 minutes.
Henry County matched that output in the second half on the way to a 6-0 victory over Westview.
Scoring goals for Henry County were Allison Dukes with a pair, Amanda Matthews, Michelle McGuire, Jessica Riordan and Hope Treider.

Weakley County Press Oct. 4, 2007

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