Second-half effort, PK lift Lady Chargers over OC

Second-half effort, PK lift Lady Chargers over OC
Second-half effort, PK lift Lady Chargers over OC

Not this time — Westview senior goalkeeper Macy Vincent makes a save late in her team’s 2-1 win over Obion County on Tuesday. Photo by Stephanie Sturgis
The Westview Lady Chargers soccer team turned up the heat in the second half and held off the host Obion County Central Lady Rebels, 2-1, in soccer action Tuesday at Troy.
The Lady Chargers (44-5-1) may not have believed first-year head coach Matt Cupples when he told the team Obion County (5-2-1) was much improved in its second year of existence. The Lady Rebels proved him right with a strong showing.
“I told the girls Obion County was not the same team that they were last year. It’s so hard to get them to think that way. All it took was the first half. They (the Lady Chargers) thought they would be up more than 1-0,” Cupples noted.
Westview needed just three minutes to gain the early 1-0 lead. Senior Melissa Johnson fired a low shot from the middle of the box inside the post for a quick advantage.
From there, the Lady Charger offense was stymied, shooting either wide or high of the target and the 1-0 score remained at the halftime break
Obion County had the next best opportunity when Paige Hicks made a charge at the 48th minute. Westview goalkeeper Macy Vincent raced out to meet her at the top of the box and broke up the possession.
Two minutes later, Hicks made a full-length run down the right side. Vincent slipped getting in position to defend the play, but the shot rose just over the crossbar to keep the Lady Chargers in front, 1-0.
At the 53-minute mark, it appeared the Lady Chargers would get a penalty kick due to an OC hand ball in the box, but with only one official on the field the call was missed.
Soon after, the host Lady Rebels flipped the field in a hurry. Obion County found Hicks racing down the right side and fed a pass to her. She lifted a high shot over Vincent for a 1-1 tie at the 16-minute mark.
From there, Vincent was up to the task, despite being under the weather. The Lady Charger net minder made several diving or sliding saves and came out of the goal to slow advances.
“She’s an absolute stud. To have somebody back there in goal like her is like wearing a bulletproof vest,” the WHS coach said. “I’m happy with our defense. We’re young, but we play very hard. You can’t stop them all, but Macy is an all-star.”
The Lady Chargers nearly gained the lead on a long shot by Shelby Donavant that clanged off the crossbar in the 61st minute.
“She’s got so much ball skill. Sometimes she tries to do too much, but if she wasn’t doing it, no one else would be doing it. I need the other girls to feed off her,” the WHS coach said.
Eventually the Lady Chargers got a hand ball call against OC. With less than 18 minutes left to play, Cupples called on Johnson to take the penalty kick. The senior’s low blast eluded the OC keeper to put Westview in front, 2-1.
“That’s who I want to go with every time on a PK. I have so much confidence in Melissa in anything I need her to do,” Cupples stated.
With Vincent and the defense standing tall in the waning minutes, WHS held on for the exciting 2-1 win.

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