FAIRVIEW—The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Lady Knights Soccer team tasted victory, as they took down the North Marion Middle School Husky Pups on Friday.
After a slow start to the season, the Lady Knights laced up their cleats and prepared to battle back in true TCMS fashion, making the trip to Fairview last week for an evening of middle school soccer.
At the sound of the first whistle, the ladies took to the field with determination and drive and found themselves playing with an evenly matched team. And while the Husky Pups had home field advantage, it was the Lady Knights who found themselves in control of the ball.
Tensions rose as North Marion was fouled in the box, giving the Pups an opportunity to get on the board first. It was up to sixth grade keeper, Reagan Taylor, to keep that from happening.
“Reagan didn’t disappoint and showed everyone in the stadium just why she was starting goalie as a sixth grader,” voiced Lady Knights Soccer Head Coach Jaron Freeman.
As the Husky Pup player prepared to kick the ball, Taylor studied her movements, and in an instant, sprang into action with a TCMS save.
“I believe it was in that moment that the momentum shifted for us,” Freeman expressed.
Play continued pretty even on the field for the duration of the first half. Late in the half, North Marion would commit a hand ball infraction inside their own goal box, giving the Lady Knights an opportunity to put a point on the board.
Unfortunately, the resulting penalty kick went too high, and both teams entered halftime with no scores on the board.
The second half of play saw a different Lady Knights Soccer team, and the TCMS team came out swinging, dominating the field.
“We were truly a different team coming out of half time,” Freeman said. “We were focused, driven and playing soccer like it was intended to be played!”
The Knights were the first to strike, claiming a goal eight minutes into play, as Paislee Freeman connected with Lydia Wildroudt, who was in stride and able to sink a shot into the back of the net.
“Those two young ladies work really well together, and I think as the season progresses, we will get to see what they are truly capable of,” Freeman noted.
The Knights attempted to sink another shot at the 15-minute mark, but the North Marion keeper was quick to make the save. However, when her punted ball landed at the feet of midfielder Bailey Satterfield’s feet, 35-yards out, it was quickly returned, flying over top of her and into the back of the net.
The impressive kicked brought the score to 2-0, in favor of the Lady Knights.
The remaining minutes of play found the TCMS ladies able to keep North Marion out of scoring position, and when the final whistle sounded, they had claimed the victory.
“To say we were excited is an understatement,” voiced Freeman. “I’m beyond proud of the growth and caliber of play the ladies brought to the field in this game. It was a total 180 degree turn from our last contests.”
The Lady Knights were back in action on Monday, as they traveled to West Fairmont. The ladies then welcomed the Washington Irving Hilltoppers to McKinney Field on Tuesday. Those results will be featured in an upcoming edition of the Mountain Statesman.