PRUNTYTOWN—The TCMS Lady Knights’ soccer team continues to improve as the season progresses, although their record doesn’t indicate the strides they have made in the past month of competition.
On September 24th, the Lady Knights hit the road for an away contest against Philip Barbour Middle School. TCMS would have a tough time in that match as the Colts secured a 4-0 victory.
“They out dribbled us, they outran us, they outshot us, and they outscored us,” said TCMS head coach Chuck Duckworth. “The bright spot was that our defense did work hard enough to limit them to 14 shots-on-goal, and our goalies did save 10 of those 14 shots.”
The very next night, the Lady Knights hosted the Red team from Bridgeport Middle School. The Knights played a solid first half, taking a 0-0 tie into the locker room at halftime.
“We limited them to six shots-on-goal, all saved in the first half,” explained Duckworth. “We created several opportunities of our own, making two very good shots-on-goal.”
But a key injury right before halftime set the tone for the second half. Although the Lady Knights would put forth an excellent effort and played some of their best soccer of the season, Bridgeport ultimately took 14 shots-on-goal and won the contest 4-0 by converting four of those opportunities.
After their next match against North Marion at home was cancelled, the Lady Knights would host the Bees of East Fairmont Middle School on October 7th.
A great effort by both teams saw the final score end in a draw by the score of 0-0.
“We have been steadily limiting the corner kicks and, in that match, we limited them to two, and we had five,” noted Duckworth. “That speaks for the defensive pressure and awareness of our girls. We had three shots-on-goal, they had none.”
Lastly, the Lady Knights hosted Buckhannon Middle School on Thursday, October 10th. An injured player for TCMS returned after two weeks out and scored a goal very early in the first half.
“Kenzie Hunter collected a very well-placed through ball by Lillie Singleton, and on a solo run beat the keeper and netted a beautiful goal,” stated Duckworth. “We ultimately took five shots-on-goal and limited a very strong and well-coached Buckhannon team to one corner kick and seven shots-on-goal.”
Duckworth spoke with pride about the grit his team showed during that contest.
“I was so proud of the girls in this game. They have steadily improved their foot skills, their speed to the ball, and their passing. And our focus on limiting corner kicks has finally paid off.”
The first-year head coach also mentioned that even though the North Marion match on September 30th was cancelled, it allowed his squad some much needed time off.
“The off-week we had was very beneficial,” Duckworth went on to say. “We practiced each night but with no travel the girls were able to catch up on their homework and heal up.”
The Lady Knights were back in action on Monday but the results from that contest were not immediately available. They are also scheduled to face West Fairmont in their last match of the season, a home contest at McKinney Field on Thursday, October 17th before heading to a season-ending tournament at Robert L. Bland Middle School with the date and time yet TBA.