PRUNTYTOWN—The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Lady Knights Soccer team opened their season last week with a match against Barbour County, on the turf at McKinney Field.
“Our team scrimmaged this team earlier in the year, so we knew the caliber of players they were,” said Head Coach Jaron Freeman.
During the first half of play, the Lady Knights struggled to find the ball with Barbour County controlling the ball and setting the pace.
Late in the first, Lydia Wildroudt broke free, but was fouled and injured inside the box, giving TCMS a chance at scoring with a penalty kick.
Due to her injury, Wildroudt’s free kick was taken by Bailey Weaver. A very unlucky bounce kept her beautifully placed kick from finding the back of the net, and the score remained at 0-0.
Barbour County capitalized on the missed TCMS points and were able to put three goals on the board before halftime.
Going into halftime with the score sitting at 3-0 in favor of Barbour, the Lady Knights would attempt to find their pace, but were ultimately unable to find the back of the net during the contest.
“Nerves and mental mistakes plagued us in the first half of play, and they cost us the three goals that would win the match,” said Freeman.
He expressed that although they didn’t see the outcome they had hoped for, it was a really good opening game and one that the team would use to focus on areas where they needed to work.
“This is an exceptional group of players with a lot of talent,” Freeman expressed. “As a team, we will not dwell on the loss. We can learn from it and become a better team.”
Freeman shared that he has high hopes for the Lady Knights this season and is approaching play with an eager and optimistic outlook.
“We lost a great group of eighth graders last year, but we have a very solid group of eighth graders this year, accompanied by some very talented seventh and sixth graders,” he explained. “When this team clicks, they execute the game very well.”
With strong leadership, competitiveness, coachability and a drive for success, the Lady Knights are ready to hit the turf this season.
The Lady Knights began putting in work earlier this summer and have continued to show dedication to the sport, leading Freeman to believe that the girls will see success this season.
“As excited as I am for this season the one thing I’d like to see more of at all county sporting events is the support of the community,” Freeman expressed. “These athletes put in a lot of work and deserve a chance to showcase that to the community.”
He suggests that if you find yourself with a free evening, to come out and support local sports teams, especially his Lady Knights, when they take to the turf at McKinney Field.
“Grab some concession stand food and drinks and make an evening of it,” Freeman exclaimed. “Support of these students and their programs is so very important!”
The next time the Lady Knights will play at home will be on Tuesday, September 20, when they take on the Washington Irving (WI) Middle School Hilltoppers. The ladies will hit the field at 6:00 p.m.