Lady Cyclones defeat East Hurricanes

By Travis Brown

STAR Staff

   Senior night at EHS was good to the Lady Cyclone Soccer Club on Tuesday night, as they secured their 10th win of the season after defeating the Morristown East Hurricanes 3-1 at Brown-Childress Stadium.
   Coming off of a bitter contest the previous evening, the Lady Cyclones were slow out of the gate. Both teams looked rough as neither squad could manage to put together more than a couple solid passes.
   EHS head coach Bill McClay was a little disappointed with his team, knowing that his girls were a much better team, "We came out a little flat," said McClay "We had an emotional game last night, and we simply had no fire."
   The Lady 'Canes were the first to get on the board as Leigh Ann Mangum scored on a corner kick, despite a questionable handball on the play, the goal stood, and Elizabethton fell behind by one.
   The Lady 'Clones would soon realize they needed to wake up and play better and from that point on, the Cyclones dominated. As the remainder of the first half ticked away, Elizabethton did a fine job of controlling possession and sustaining the attack.
   Although some sluggish mental play hurt them at times the Cyclones scored the equalizer, as in the 21st minute Ashley Mottern tied it up with a blast from the left side pulling even at 1-1.
   Elizabethton had a couple more opportunities in the first half, but they came up short, and the score remained deadlocked at 1-1 headed into the half.
   The pep talk and adjustments must have been just what the doctor ordered as the second half saw the Cyclones come alive.
   Eight minutes into the second stanza, Whitney Brown converted on her first goal of the season. The talented senior was positioned in front and cashed in on a deflected strike from Samantha McClay giving the Cyclones a 2-1 lead.
   The Cyclones would go on to stretch the lead by another goal as Samantha McClay took the pass from Sarah Smith and distanced herself from the struggling defense. She struck a solid shot towards the left post and past the diving goalkeeper.
   The score was more than enough to seal up the victory for the Cyclones. East would threaten on a couple of opportunities, but they could not manage to put it in the twine.
   Coach McClay is looking forward to the upcoming week and the playoffs which are just around the corner, "I think they feel good, I believe we'll come out strong Thursday," said McClay "If we would have played like we did tonight in the past, we would have lost, that is a good mark of how our team has improved."
   The Cyclones will take that improved team to Winged Deer Park Thursday to avenge an early season loss against the University High Junior Bucs.
   Kickoff is at 5:30.