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Weather, Westview conspire to beat OC

Weather, Westview conspire to beat OC
By RANDY CAVIN
Special to The Messenger
The Obion Central girls’ soccer team found the weather was just as tough as its opponent Tuesday night in the Region 7A-AA quarterfinal match at Westview
In a night more fit for football than soccer, the Lady Rebels gave it their all but suffered a season-ending 3-1 loss to the Lady Chargers.
A strong wind and a steady rain came down throughout the game and, with Westview having the wind at its back in the first half, the Lady Chargers were able to capitalize with two goals by Kayla Guthrie.
Obion Central’s offense, meanwhile, had difficulty getting the ball across the midfield line in the first half, getting only two shots on goal.
Westview, the top-seeded team in the regional tournament, had seven shots on goal in the first half.
In the second period — with the wind at their backs — the Lady Rebels made a game out of the match when Kelsey Jackson took a feed from teammate Brooke Jennings and scored at the 25-minute mark to pull the Lady Rebels (6-9-1) to within one goal at 2-1.
With 12:02 left in the game, though, Guthrie made her third goal of the contest to put Westview up 3-1.
OC had a chance to pull to within one with a penalty kick by Baylie Boucher, but Westview goalie Makenzie Vincent blocked the shot.
Taylor Baker had four saves on goal for the Lady Rebels.
Central had just seven shots on goal.
“The wind was really a good equalizer for us. We really picked it up in the second half with the wind in our favor. We had opportunities to finish, but we just could not get the ball in the back of the net,” OC head coach Daniel Johnston said afterward. Published in The Messenger 10.19.11

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