Lady Pioneers double up Lady Cyclones

By Ivan Sanders

   The Elizabethton Lady Cyclone soccer team probably could have fared better if they had worn full body armor for their contest with David Crockett Monday evening. One thing is for sure, the bruises they carry will definitely be reminders of a frustrating battle they endured without much assistance from the officials.
   Administering a beating to the scoring quartet of Sam McClay, Ashley Green, Katie Presnell, and Tracey Smith, the Lady Pioneers took a physical victory over the Lady Cyclones by a score of 4-2 at David Crockett High School.
   "I was really concerned at the beginning of the game because of the kids missing because of sickness and the experience factor," stated Lady Pioneer coach Tony Snapp. "We played eight freshman and three seniors with the plan of trying to mark up on McClay to stop her scoring."
   The first half of play saw Crockett score two goals from corner kicks that caught the Lady Cyclones fundamentally out of position to stop. Tarra Wardrop broke the ice with the first goal at the 11:59 minute mark of the half using cat-like speed on a corner kick to blast the ball past Lady 'Clone goalie Maria Francisco.
   Elizabethton saw a bright spot after the score by Crockett as Shayna Borland dribbled the ball up field and scored on a nicely placed kick on goal at the 14:17 minute of the half. Borland showed no signs of being a freshman as she made several stops on defense as well as contributing a solid passing game.
   The Lady Pioneers came roaring back to take the edge once again as senior Lisa Levasseur scored on a header after receiving a corner kick from Melinda Levasseur. The score came with less than six minutes left in the half and gave the Lady Pioneers some breathing room at intermission.
   "Those two goals resulting from corner kicks were definitely preventable," said Cyclone mentor Bill McClay. "We can point at the mistakes we made, and they are all things we can fix."
   Coming out from the break, Crockett wasted little time in denting the board again as once again Wardrop took a sideline throw-in, dribbled all the way down the sideline, and lined a shot into the net to push the lead to 3-1 at the 41:50 mark.
   Another bright spot for the Lady Cyclones on the evening was the play of Farrah Fritz who played probably one of the best games of her career. Fritz made a fantastic pass to McClay who beat the goalie to the ball and rolled it into the net for the Lady Cyclones second and final goal at the 57:35 minute of the contest.
   The Lady Pioneers closed out the offense as Melinda Levasseur laced a drive into the net from twenty yards with under nine minutes left to play.
   "Getting the ball to Tara is the way we like to run our offense," stated Snapp. "I also thought Melinda really hit a nice goal on the shot she took. I am very pleased with our performance."
   The Cyclones, although suffering a loss, really didn't have anything to hang their heads about.
   Added McClay: "We played good soccer but the narrowness of the field really hurts our style of play. On some really nice passes we just simply ran out of space. We moved the ball with a lot of purpose from side-to-side. I don't think we were outplayed, the scoreboard just wasn't in our favor."
   The Cyclones will celebrate 'Senior Night' tonight playing at 6 pm on Dave Rider Field at Brown-Childress Stadium. They will be honoring their only two seniors, Tracey Smith and Abby Bremer. The Cyclones stand at 7-7 overall on the season.