Lady Chargers getting another shot
Posted: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 12:34 pm
By RANDY CAVIN
Westview and Dyersburg will be going at it again for the second consecutive year in the Region 7A-AA Girls’ Soccer Tournament championship after Westview defeated Covington 3-1 in a the semifinal match that went into overtime.
The Lady Trojans defeated the Lady Chargers in last year’s championship game 3-2 in overtime at the MTD Soccer Complex. Westview is hoping to return the favor this year at Dyersburg’s home turf.
“I would love to do it,” head coach Matt Cupples said with a slight laugh. “I would love to do it, but I know it is not going to be easy.
“Dyersburg has a great team and we have got to come out and play a carbon copy of what we had tonight. We still need to get a few breaks. I think it is going to be competitive.”
Westview and Covington are two teams with a similar style of play with both teams relying on a strong defense, and it showed in Thursday’s semifinal game.
Both teams played to a scoreless draw in the first 40 minutes with Westview getting only eight shots and Covington getting seven.
The teams’ goalkeepers had very few chances at saves in the first half with Makenzie Vincent getting one and Covington’s Callie McDaniel getting four.
Westview finally found the net in the second half when Kayla Guthrie, with her back to the goal, kicked the ball out to Shelby Donavant, who promptly kicked past McDaniel 3:04 into the second half.
Covington tied the game at 1-all on Anne Marie VanCleve’s goal 15:40 in the second half. Westview had nine shots on goal in the second half.
The purple and gold Chargers could only get four shots at the goal thanks to Westview’s play by the midfielders.
Vincent had three saves in the second period.
The game went into overtime tied at one and the teams had to play two 10 minute periods.
Covington was penalized, and that gave Brittney Johnson a free chance with a penalty kick that McDaniel misjudged, giving Westview a 2-1 lead in the first overtime.
Emily Plunk sealed Covington’s fate in the second overtime period on her goal with 6:36 to play.
Covington only got one shot off in the overtime periods thanks to Westview’s aggressive defense.
“Defense is our strong point,” Cupples said. “I have faith in the four in the back to do their job and to let the midfield do their job. If we can continue to work on that I feel that we will be OK.”
Westview and Dyersburg will play at 7 tonight at the Dyersburg Middle School soccer field, the winner to host a sectional match. Published in The WCP 10.23.12