Lady Knights stun Elkins 4-0 to conclude season

TAYLOR COUNTY— The Lady Knights’ soccer season came to a bittersweet end earlier this week, and after an unconventional season, much like the one their boys team endure, the ladies of Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) went out in victory. 

First on the week, the team hit the road to take on Barbour County for the second time this season. 

When the pair previously met up, Barbour County dominated, claiming the 7-0 victory. So, the Lady Knights hit the field looking for revenge. 

“We knew we had our work cut out for us,” commented Head Coach Joey Haddix. “But my girls, they were prepared to battle.” 

The Lady knights’ defensive efforts were led by eighth grade player Miley Singleton. The TCMS defenders were on their toes from the start of the contest, with Barbour sending the ball deep right from the kickoff. 

From there, the teams played nose to nose in a round of intense action. 

TCMS would be the first on the board when eighth grader Madalyn Haddix was able to connect with the back of the net off a cross from Paislee Freeman, ten minutes into play. 

During the first half of action, the Barbour County team took multiple shots on goal, but thanks to the quick movement of seventh grade goalie Bailey Satterfield, their attempts were shutdown. 

Throughout the contest, Satterfield tallied 12 stops, keeping the game close, and the 1-0 score carried over into the break. 

However, Barbour would strike fast to open the second half with a goal of their own, tying things up a 1-1 just minutes into reconvening play. Near the 12-minute mark, they would find the goal once again, to take their first lead of the night with a score of 2-1. 

The Barbour County lead wouldn’t last long though, as the revenge seeking Lady Knights would claim a goal on a shot from Haddix, with just under ten minutes remaining. 

The tie score carried through to the final whistle, and through true grit, the Lady Knights showed Barbour County, while they may have been a little off their game at their last match up, they would not be held down. 

“This is the team Coach (Jaron) Freeman and I knew we had,” Coach Haddix said. “It just took them a little bit to show up, and we’re sure glad they did. This is what makes coaching so rewarding! To face a team that had beat us early in the season, we came back better and stronger to tie them.”

The following day, the Lady Knights would return home for some back-to back-action, this time, hosting an Elkins team that TCMS had also previously fallen to.

“Coming off their awesome performance on Monday, the ladies were eager to get started. Having a loss to this team early in the season, we were ready to go,” Haddix remarked. 

And the Lady Knights quickly proved just how ready they were, controlling play from the first whistle. 

In just a matter of minutes in the opening portion of the contest TCMS was on the board with a goal from Haddix, that she was able to score off a cross from Lydia Wildroudt.

With physical play, and good ball control from TCMS, the Lady Knights kept Elkins out of the scoring box and widened their lead at the 12-minute mark with Wildroudt finding the back of the net and advancing her team to the 2-0 lead going into halftime. 

The Lady Knights went on to play a solid second half, not allowing a single goal from the Elkins group, but adding two more of their own before the final buzzer. 

“Our defense was solid. They weren’t giving Elkins any opportunities,” Coach Haddix boasted.

Haddix would contribute to TCMS’s second half score with a goal, along with seventh grader Bailey Weaver, who would add her goal with just a few minutes remaining, giving the Lady Knights their sought-after revenge once more, on a shutout 4-0 win over Elkins. 

These final contests and the fight displayed by his team, brought about much pride for Coach Haddix, who wished to not highlight just one or two of his Lady Knights, but rather wanted to credit the entire team for their efforts throughout the season, even when they were handed challenges, losses, cancelations and quarantines. 

“I couldn’t bring myself to do a player of the week. These ladies all showed up these last few games and gave us 110 percent! I want to give a huge shoutout to Bailey Satterfield and Sophia Collins! These ladies stepped in as goalies and absolutely killed it,” Coach Haddix exclaimed.

He also gave props to his defensive time of Singleton, Olivia Beverly, Aubrey (Aub Dawg) Roy, Sophia Collins (when she wasn’t in the goal), Bailey Murphy and Lucky Jones. 

“They handled business all season and played to the buzzer every game,” he shared. 

Coach Haddix also mentioned the outstanding work put in by his midfielders Anna Poling, Leah Knotts, Satterfield (when not in the goal), Weaver, Autumn Newman, Paisley Webber and Ally Runner, noting that this group controlled the field and managed possessions greatly on their last several games, creating vital scoring opportunities. 

“Lastly, our strikers, Madalyn Haddix, Paislee Freeman, Lydia Wildroudt and Meghan Henline. They took opportunities and capitalized on them any chance they got,” he added. 

“Every lady on this team is an athlete of the week! They learned to trust each other and play in space. Coach Freeman and I could not be prouder of this team’s progression. Having a 2-4 record going into an unexpected three-week break, we were able to make adjustments and end the season 4-4-2,” voiced Coach Haddix. 

Congratulations to the Lady Knights Soccer team on a well-played season! 

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