|Dyersburg snaps Lady Charger win streak |
|Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 11:16 am |
The Westview Lady Charger soccer team had been on a roll.
Concentration — Westview senior Melissa Johnson focuses on controlling the ball during an 8-0 win over visiting Haywood on Monday afternoon. Johnson celebrated Senior Night by scoring four goals in the victory. Photo by Stephanie Sturgis
That successful streak came to a halt with a trip to Dyersburg to take on the Lady Trojans on Tuesday evening.
Westview fell short of extending its winning streak with a 6-1 loss to host Dyersburg. Melissa Johnson scored the lone Lady Charger goal in the loss which dropped Westview’s record to 6-6-1 on the season. Dyersburg improved its record to 7-6 overall.
Until the trip down Highway 51, Westview was cruising with a three-game win streak. The Lady Chargers won four of their last five outings. The lone loss came on the road to the always-talented Jackson Christian School by a 2-1 margin.
Westview picked up an easy 10-0 victory over the visiting Gibson County Lady Pioneers on Sept. 14 before the encounter with JCS on Sept. 16.
The Lady Chargers bounced back with a hard-fought 2-1 road win over Obion County on Sept. 21.
Westview kept up the quality play by blanking Peabody, 2-0, on Sept. 23. Johnson again provided a goal with junior Shelby Donovant scoring the other Westview tally. Goal keeper Macy Vincent made two saves in the triumph.
Then came another shutout win over Haywood. Westview dominated the action, winning 8-0.
With the outing being the final home game of the 2010 season for the Lady Chargers, Westview honored its four seniors at halftime. The quartet of WHS elders includes Ava Abad, Maggie Blackwell, Melissa Johnson and Macy Vincent.
“Quietly — they’re not real vocal — the seniors have led us with their actions on the field. I was glad we got the win for them tonight,” first-year WHS head coach Matt Cupples said after the win over Haywood.
While Macy Vincent in goal for Westview was never challenged, the Lady Charger forwards and midfielders kept steady pressure on the Haywood keeper.
Westview needed less than four minutes to notch its first goal of the game. The scoring play began with a corner kick. Donovant sent the ball to the mouth of the goal where Johnson tried to fire it into the back of the net. The Haywood keeper stopped Johnson’s shot, but didn’t control the carom. Junior Melissa Darroch knocked the rebound in for a 1-0 Westview lead.
The Lady Chargers maintained heavy pressure through the first 10 minutes of play, but the score remained just 1-0 in Westview’s favor.
At the 14-minute mark, a handball call in the Haywood penalty box resulted in a 1-on-1 scoring chance for Johnson. The senior didn’t waste the opportunity, slipping a low shot right down the middle and under the keeper to double the Westview lead to 2-0.
Eight minutes later, Blackwell intercepted a goal kick in the middle of the field and fed the ball to Johnson at the top of the box. The senior elevated a shot over the keeper and just under the cross bar.
In the 32nd minute, Donovant began a rush and passed the ball ahead to Johnson. With the keeper coming out, Johnson flipped the ball over the sliding goalie to boost the Westview lead to 4-0. That total remained on the scoreboard when halftime arrived.
After the seniors were honored, Macy Vincent got a chance to get in on the offensive act. Shedding the pink keeper’s jersey for a gold one with No. 24 on the back, Macy Vincent scored from the top of the box with a shot inside the left post at the 46-minute mark.
The lead grew to 6-0 when Johnson put in her fourth goal of the game on a sliding shot in the 52nd minute of action.
Makenzie Vincent added to the scoring action at the 56-minute mark. Blackwell put a shot on goal that bounced over the keeper’s head. Makenzie Vincent followed from in close to boot in the seventh goal.
Blackwell closed out scoring in the 8-0 win with a long, high shot from the right side that snuck inside the left post.