Lady Cyclones blank DC in regular-season finale

Photo by Kristen Luther
Ashley Green shows some nice footwork for the Lady Cyclones

By Seth Bartee
STAR Correspondent
Elizabethton High School's Lady Cyclone soccer team finished the regular season with a nice exclamation point Wednesday night, posting a 3-0 win over David Crockett at Dave Rider Field.
The Lady Cyclones will play Sullivan North in the district tournament next Tuesday, on a season in which Coach Bill McClay has seen major improvements.
"This season was our second best scoring season with 42 goals," said McClay. "This has been our best offensive year and team has been working together."
Elizabethton would not be complete without its key player, Sam McClay. She scored 26 goals this season despite being played hard defensively by her opponents.
"Sam has had a great year, even when you consider she has been shadowed in every game," said Coach McClay.
Wednesday Sam McClay was held scoreless in the first period but broke out in the second period for all of the Lady Cyclones' three goals.
McClay scored her first goal on a penalty kick early in the second period to put EHS up 1-0. To understand how hard McClay is played, the David Crockett coach tried to change goalies during her penalty kick but it was ruled illegal.
"It's been a good season, especially when this team beat us 1-0 earlier in the year," said Sam McClay.
Crockett is a triple A school led by Big Seven all-conference player Melinda Levasseur. Levasseur had 20 goals this season and she's only a sophomore.
"We marked Sam tonight but missed our two injured players," said Crockett coach Tony Snapp. "The girls really missed our two injured players out there."
Although the Lady Cyclones had played the night before, they played hard against a big, physical Crockett team. In the first period EHS freshman Chassie Hodge pushed Chelsey Barnes after Barnes had been playing her very physically.
"Chassie has to learn to play shoulder to shoulder, the soccer type of defense," said Coach McClay.
Sam McClay broke away on an assist from senior Katie Presnell to score EHS's second goal of the evening. One minute later, McClay struck again to make the final score 3-0.
Defensively freshman goal keeper Sophia Murillo stopped hard shots by Crockett's Levasseur. At one point Murillo slid under a Crockett player on a breakaway to stop her from scoring.
"We finished the season well -- last year we did not beat this team at all," said Coach McClay. "During the playoffs we are going to switch our offense around to get Sam open."