GRAFTON –The Grafton High School girls soccer team hosted a first round sectional game at home on Monday night. The Lady Cats drew the Lincoln Cougars for their first round game. The Lady Cats overcame a strong defensive effort by Lincoln to win 3 to 0.
Kaycie Cochran scored the first goal for the Lady Cats as she found the back of the net with the assist coming from Maggie Dickey.
The remaining two goals were scored in the second half as Morgan Griffith scored with just under eight minutes left in the contest. The assist on the Griffith goal was credited to Ally Peters.
The final score for the Cats was scored in an empty net as Emily Knotts scored from 18 yards out. The Cougars had pulled their goalie out of the net to add an extra attacker on the offensive end.
The Cats had 32 shots on goal compared to zero for the Cougars. Peters recorded the most shots for GHS with 12 while Knotts added five more. The remaining shots were recorded by Dickey, Griffith, Josie Grass, Micah Collins, Sarah Snider, Cochran and Jadyn Blackhurst.
The defense was led by Grass and Griffith who had one steal apiece.
Katie Grinnan was in goal for the Cats but had a boring night as the Cougars could not manage to kick the ball her way.
“We dominated time of possession and were disciplined and patient,” said head coach Lorraine Isner. “Having just played them, they slowed the game down and put 9 of their players in the defensive half. This required us to overcome a crowded space by spreading the field creating depth and width. We maintained an aggressive style of play, keeping the ball on our foot. We found gaps to penetrate and created lots of shots,” she added.
Last Thursday night the girls played their final regular season contest of the year at Liberty. The girls did not play their best game of the year falling to the Lady Mountaineers 2 to 0.
The Bearcats recorded 17 shots on the night, but still could not find the back of the net. Ally Peters led the Cats in shots with 10 followed by Emily Knotts with three. The remaining shots were credited to Sarah Snider (2) and Kaycie Cochran (2).
The defense was led by Maggie Dickey who had three steals with Knotts accounting for two more. Mariah Collins, Morgan Griffith and Peters had one steal apiece.
Katie Grinnan was in goal for the Lady Cats as she recorded 10 saves in the contest.
“We did not bring our best game,” said head coach Lorraine Isner. “We played with determination and heart, but were unable to finish any of our attacks. We played with greater intensity and a sense of urgency in the last 10 minutes. It was not enough. We have to bring our best at the start of the match and play with intensity for 80 minutes,” she concluded.
With the Grafton win over Lincoln the girls advanced to play Bridgeport last night. The results will be in a future edition of the Mountain Statesman.