Lady Cyclones drub Boone

Photo by Dave Boyd
The Lady Cyclones' Katie Presnell and Boone's Brittany Myers (3) make a play on the ball.

By Ivan Sanders
A Hollywood producer could not have written a better script than what unfolded on the soccer field Tuesday night at Brown-Childress Stadium.
On Senior Night for the Lady Cyclones, three seniors netted a goal apiece as the Cyclones totally dominated the Boone Lady Trailblazers in a 7-0 shutout, as Elizabethton continues to prepare for post season.
"Our effort tonight was good as were the quality of shots we took because in the second half, when we scored, it really looked like soccer scores are supposed to look," said a very pleased Lady Cyclone head coach Bill McClay. "I was also glad to see two people score the first goals of their career in senior Farrah Fritz and junior Karin Kitchens."
Boone could have got on the bus at halftime the way the Lady Cyclones were playing, as EHS scored all the goals it would need in the first half, sending three into the net in a time span of seven minutes.
Brie Gouge netted the first goal at the 29-minute mark of the half on an assist by Samantha McClay. One minute and 20 seconds later, McClay ripped the nets from 30 yards out by lofting the ball beyond the reach of the Boone goalie for a 2-0 Lady Cyclone advantage.
McClay closed out the scoring at the 35:50 mark of the half on a direct penalty kick from 15-yards out to edge the score to 3-0.
The Cyclones could have come out complacent in the second half with the big lead, but instead Coach McClay's squad came out filled with intensity and looking to score even more.
Fritz opened up the scoring in the second half with the first goal of her career at the 54th minute on a feed from McClay to push the lead to 4-0. The goal was a pleasant fulfillment to Fritz, who has waited a long time for her first score.
"I've been waiting to score forever and I finally got my chance and put the ball in the net," said Fritz after the contest. "We passed the ball well as a team and that is something that we have struggled with at times, but we knew we could do it and did a good job tonight."
Three minutes later senior Cassidy Hyatt took a ball centered by Ashley Green and made a deposit in the Boone net to extend the advantage to 5-0.
"Everyone stepped up and we didn't have to depend on just one player to score," said Hyatt. "We passed the ball and just settled down to play soccer by getting some good quality shots at the goal."
Lourean Hughes, another of the Lady Cyclone seniors, rattled the nets two minutes after Hyatt's goal to put an exclamation mark on the Cyclone night. Kitchens wrapped up the scoring with a little over a minute left to play to collect her first goal and end a long evening for the Lady Blazers.
Not only was the offense in tune on the evening, but defensively the Cyclones were like a buzzsaw as seniors Green, Katie LaPorte, Katie Presnell, and Ashley Mottern were all over the field, keeping the ball on the Lady Cyclone side of midfield almost the entire contest.
Juniors Leslie Blowers and Abbie Jenkins also had strong defensive performances in maintaining the shutout. Chassie Hodge and Gouge showed why Coach McClay is excited about the future of the Cyclone program by chipping in with solid defense as well as some great passing from the young freshmen.
"I thought Abbie and Farrah did a good job of anchoring the middle of the field and closing the gaps when Boone threatened," stated McClay. "The two freshmen I had on the outside at the fullback line also played solidly."
With the win, the Lady Cyclones stand at 7-4-1 overall, with tonight's game against David Crockett on Dave Rider Field wrapping up the regular season.
The Lady Cyclones have wrapped up second place in the conference and will host the Sullivan North Lady Raiders next Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Brown-Childress Stadium in the opening game of the district tournament. The winner advances to Thursday's district championship game at the higher seed's field, with time to be determined.