|Lady Chargers rolling right along as regular season comes to a close |
|Posted: Friday, October 17, 2008 11:53 am |
|Seniors lead the way in regular season finale |
The Westview Lady Chargers soccer team ended the 2008 regular season with a 6-0 win over district rival Dyer County. The Lady Chargers were honoring the team’s senior players on Tuesday night, so the game had special meaning to the three Westview seniors — Nour Haddad, Jennifer Johnson and Laura Gullett.
The game got off to a fast start with the Lady Chargers taking control of the game early. Amanda Crowe got the scoring started with a shot from about 25 yards out that found the back of the net and put the Lady Chargers up 1-0. The shots kept coming from the Lady Chargers and Haddad got the second goal for Westview with the assist going to Regan Ward. The third goal of the night came from Melissa Johnson when she got spacing between her and the DC defender providing the final goal of the first 40 minutes for a Westview halftime lead of 3-0.
At the intermission, the seniors were recognized for their hard work and dedication to making the team better. The team’s veterans met their parents on the far side of the field to give them a rose and thank them for their support during their high school soccer careers. In the second half, the Lady Chargers picked up where they left off, controlling the field and taking shots on the Dyer County goalie early and often. The Lady Chargers added to their scoring with a goal from Gullett. For the senior, it was her first soccer goal.
”I like to give my seniors that have never scored a goal in their soccer career an opportunity to score before their soccer career comes to an end and Laura got hers,” WHS head coach Stan Vickers said.
Late in the game, the Lady Chargers got two more goals — the fifth coming from Amanda Crowe and the sixth from Maggie Blackwell.
On the night the Lady Chargers took 56 shots on goal to Dyer County’s 10 shots. The Lady Chargers end the regular season with a 10-4 record. Since going 3-3 in the first six games of the season, Westview is 7-1 and has out-scored its opponents 36-7.
The Lady Chargers will be back in action on Tuesday in the first round of 14 A-AA District Tournament when they host the Peabody Lady Golden Tide. The tournament schedule begins on Monday when Dyer County plays at Gibson County. The tournament will then continue at the MTD Soccer Complex in Martin on Tuesday at 5 p.m., No. 1 seed Dyersburg will take on the winner of the Dyer County/Gibson County game. Westview vs. Peabody will follow at 7 p.m. The district championship will begin at 6 Thursday night.
”I am extremely proud of the way we are playing. We seem to be peaking at the right time and are looking forward to another game with Dyersburg. The girls are working hard and playing great together, our team attitude could not be better and I expect us to make a run for the regional championship this season,” Vickers said.
Westview dominates second half in 5-1 win
On Monday night, the Westview Lady Chargers fell behind early but bounced back for a 5-1 win over the South Side Lady Eagles.
Westview took to the field against South Side of Jackson and was caught by surprise when the Lady Eagles took a 1-0 lead off a direct kick and scored the first goal of the game.
The startled Lady Chargers seemed to be rattled by the unexpected shot from a Lady Eagle midfielder. This early shot and goal held for the rest of the half because of the tenacious defense that each side was playing. Nobody could get a good shot off the rest of the first half.
In the second half, the Lady Chargers came out on fire and took control of the game at the kickoff. The Lady Chargers took the ball, spread the field and were passing with precision accuracy. The Lady Chargers took several shots on goal only finding the goalie’s hands. About five minutes into the second half pressure from the WHS offense caused the South Side defense to kick the ball out providing the Lady Chargers a corner kick. Westview caught the Lady Eagles napping and scored off the corner kick when Nour Haddad headed the ball into the goal for a 1-all tie. Caitlyn Campbell provided the assist on the goal.
The go-ahead goal for the Lady Chargers was also scored off a corner kick when Melissa Johnson got her foot on the ball and extended the Lady Charger lead to 2-1. Again it was Campbell with the assist. The second goal seemed to lift the spirit and confidence of the Lady Chargers and helped to burst the bubble of the Lady Eagles.
The third WHS goal came from Melissa Johnson on an assist from Jennifer Johnson, while the fourth goal was scored by Campbell with Melissa Johnson providing the assist. Late in the second half, Evelyn Daniel crossed a shot in front of the goal catching the back corner of the net to close out scoring in the 5-1 win.