Lady Cyclones rip Lady Pioneers


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  JONESBOROUGH- The Lady Cyclones ripped through the Jonesborough community to post their fourth victory of the season with a 5-0 final over Davy Crockett.
  The win puts Elizabethton at 4-2-1 on the year, but it was an effort that that took them over the first twenty minutes before hitting the overdrive button.
  "We spent the first twenty minutes tentative, for it was kind of like our very first game," said Elizabethton coach Bill McClay. "On thing was they were marking Samantha so we moved her outside and started getting more chances through the middle. We created more opportunities, but I was real happy with the second-half because we played better defense and won more balls."
  The Cyclones struggled the early part of the first period, as the Lady Pioneers came out more aggressive than what they did in their meeting several weeks ago.
  A couple of shots were attempted by Melinda Levvesuer early on, but goal keeper Sophia Murillo made the sure save for the Cyclones.
  "We were down just 1-0 after the half, and told the girls we need to pick up the intensity, but we have a lot of young girls who are inexperienced," said Davy Crockett coach Tony Snapps. "When they finally decide to start coming out of their shell and not be afraid of being hit and going into a 50-50 ball hard then we'll be a much better team I think."
  Elizabethton nearly scored with thirteen minutes left in the first period, when Amy Aubrey broke past a defender with a kick opportunity.
  The ball sailed just past the top of the crossbar, but on her next attempt, she'd be a sure success.
  A ball being chased by Brie Gouge was kicked out by the Pioneer goalkeeper to deny the breakaway for Elizabethton.
  Aubrey was pursuing the play and the ball landed to where she was headed.
  After controlling the loose ball, the freshman managed to make her advancement toward the goal nailing the kick past the goalie.
  "I just wanted to get us fired up and started," said Aubrey. "We want to be one of the best soccer teams this school has ever seen, so I think it was a really good team effort because we were determined to do our best."
  This was the only goal of the first period that Elizabethton captured, as they were starting to show signs of controlling the field tempo.
  A minute later in the action Aubrey came up just shy of getting her second career goal on a near miss.
  "I don't know what happened on that one, but all and all is was a good team effort," said Aubrey. "Our whole team works well together, and we all get along whether it's on the field or off the field, so I'm glad to be a part of this team."
  The Cyclones had several chances to capture a score in the final minutes, but they were not successful in making the goals.
  "I was afraid after that first period when we got just one goal, because when you have one mistake on a short field like this, then you can become tied," said Bill McClay. "Once we got up then we didn't let up, and we could of got a few more, but the thing I'm happy with is we're keeping the shots in frame of the goal and not over the top."
  In the second period, the Cyclones shifted into high gear with a kick and goal coming from Samantha McClay in the first few minutes.
  McClay continued to put up the numbers as another goal on a pass from Mara LaPorte made it 3-0 halfway through the second period.
  After a shove to Ariel Rockett in the box was called, McClay got her third opportunity to put the ball through the net.
  The penalty kick was blocked by the Pioneer goalie, but a charge from McClay toward the goal resulted in a rebound and shot to give her three goals on the evening.
  The score boosted her season goal total to 15 and an unbelievable career total to 99, just one away from a milestone of 100.
  The Cyclones continued to dominate the field of play, as Abby Jenkins put the final exclamation point on the contest by winning the battle of the ball and making a break down the left side for her first ever career goal.
  "I've been playing all four years and never have scored before and I really wanted too," said Jenkins. "I've been playing defense all year, and I haven't got to play forward because they've needed me in the backfield too much. I'm just glad to score because this is my senior year and that was my whole goal to score from the defensive line and I did, so I'm satisfied."