|Strong effort not enough to extend Westview season |
By Stephanie Sturgis
Clear — Westview senior Maley Mount (right) races to beat Lady Bruin Kelsie Sharp to the ball during the Region 7 A-AA semifinals on Wednesday night. USJ held off a tough Lady Charger squad, winning 6-1. The loss eliminates Westview from the playoffs.
With their season on the line, the Westview Lady Chargers gave an outstanding effort against the visiting University School of Jackson Lady Bruins in the Region 7 A-AA semifinals Wednesday night at the MTD Soccer Complex in Martin.
However, the Lady Bruins, the runner-up in District 13 A-AA and ranked among the top 10 teams in the state, fended off a tough Westview squad to earn a 6-1 win and advance to Thursday night’s region final. The loss ended the season for Westview. USJ (16-4-2) will take on Jackson Christian School, a 3-0 winner over Dyersburg in the other region semi.
“The final score doesn’t reflect the game,” WHS coach Stan Vickers said. “They got some fluke goals. The weather affected both teams.”
The weather Vickers mentioned was blustery, cold and rainy throughout the game which was originally scheduled to be played on Tuesday night, but inclement weather forced it to be moved to Wednesday night.
The game turned when USJ increased its lead to 3-0 19 minutes into the action after a Lady Bruin throw-in from deep down the right sideline. The linesman indicated an illegal throw-in but was over-ruled by the referee and the play continued, leading to the USJ goal.
USJ used a centering pass to force the action. Lady Charger sophomore Ashley Bynum tried to clear the ball out of the box, but the weather came into play and instead the wet ball slipped off her cleat and landed in front of USJ’s Meg Miller. The Lady Bruin kicked in USJ’s third goal.
“That third goal was huge. It shouldn’t have counted. When he indicated an illegal throw-in, the referee should have interceded,” Vickers said.
Westview, the District 14 A-AA champs, had been hanging tough to that point. The Lady Charger defense was physical in beating USJ to nearly every ball and taking it away when the Lady Bruins did get possession. USJ’s frustration was clearly visible. WHS senior Maley Mount and freshman goalie Macy Vincent were key performers in the effort.
“Macy made a bunch of great saves tonight,” the WHS coach noted.
The first goal of the game came at the 13-minute mark. The Lady Chargers didn’t clear a ball out far enough and USJ took advantage. Miller blasted a low shot from the left that just slipped under the hands of a diving Vincent and inside the right post for a 1-0 lead.
A tackle in the box 15 minutes into the action resulted in a USJ penalty kick which Katie Hayes shot inside the left post to double the lead.
Westview missed an opportunity to cut the lead back to one goal a minute later when Emily Belote centered a pass that just eluded the foot of two Lady Chargers (10-6-1).
USJ’s fourth goal came when Vincent made a diving save to deflect a shot. The carom came to Hayes who fired in the rebound for a goal with three minutes left in the half.
Just before halftime, Vincent deflected a high, hard shot that then bounced off the crossbar. The WHS keeper couldn’t track down the deflection and Shelby Jordan headed in the ball for a 5-0 USJ lead.
With 15 minutes left in the game, Kelsey Dietz lifted a high shot that bounced off three different Lady Chargers before landing in the back of the net for a 6-0 lead.
Westview never quit and when a handball led to a direct kick near the top of the box, senior Emily Belote rifled a shot that the USJ keeper saved but didn’t control. Alexis Rigazio knocked in the deflection for Westview’s lone goal.
Two Lady Chargers seniors — Emily Belote and Maley Mount — played their final game in a Westview soccer uniform. “Our seniors, Emily and Maley, both played outstanding games tonight,” Vickers said.
Weakley County Press Oct. 25, 2007