CLARKSBURG—The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Lady Knights Soccer team dominated the field on Wednesday, shutting out the Lady Mountain Lions of Mountaineer Middle School.
The Lady Knights, coming off back-to-back ties against Elkins and Buckhannon, were looking to claim victory in Clarksburg.
Dominating control of the ball and the pace of the game, TCMS only allowed Mountaineer Middle one shot on goal. Thanks to the quick work of goalkeeper Reagan Taylor, the ball was deflected, and the Lady Mountain Lions were held scoreless.
Although they were able to control the ball, the Lady Knights were unable to find the back of the net during the first half and entered the second half of play with the score sitting at nil nil.
“After a good pep talk and reorganization of positions, the ladies came out in the second half with pure determination and dominance,” said Head Coach Jaron Freeman.
TCMS struck fast in the second half of play, and just three minutes into action, Natalie Beltner connected with Lydia Wildroudt, who shot the ball into the back of the net, putting the Lady Knights on the board 1-0.
Within two minutes of their first made goal, the Lady Knights would bump their lead, when Beltner once again passed off to Wildroudt, who beautifully placed the ball into the upper part of the goal.
With the score standing at 2-0 in favor of the Knights, Paislee Freeman made her way through multiple defenders to sink the third goal of the evening for the Lady Knights.
Looking to continue to dominate play and increase their score, the Knights underwent some substitutions, and the changes worked in their favor.
Alizae Runner, with incredible speed, may her way up the field, outrunning five defenders who had a 15-yard head start on her, to sink a shot, sending the ball cruising passed the Lady Mountain Lion Keeper.
“Her speed is phenomenal and is something that you just can’t teach,” expressed Freeman. “She earned that goal 110 percent!”
As the final whistles sounded, the Lady Knights were victorious, outplaying and outscoring the Lady Mountain Lions 4-0.
“These girls have battled hard throughout the season and have improved tremendously,” Freeman voiced. “As a coach, I couldn’t be more proud of these young ladies. They have grown and learned so much in this season.”
He declared that the Lady Knights should be proud of the team that they have grown to become.
The Lady Knights will return to action the week of October 24, when they take part in conference tournament play. The times and locations of those games have yet to be determined.