Lady Cyclones vexed by Lady Greene Devils on the pitch, 6-2
BY IVAN SANDERS
STAR SPORTS EDITOR
The first 20 minutes of the soccer match between Elizabethton and Greeneville was about like watching When Sharks Attack on the Discovery Channel as the Lady Greene Devils were thrashing and splashing around the Cyclone goal.
It was all Lady Cyclone goalie Morgan Heaton could do to keep the ball from finding the back of the net as Greeneville built a 4-0 lead. The Lady Greene Devils added one more goal before the half as they dominated Elizabethton 5-0 in the first 40 minutes of play.
Macey Vermillion (:50), Delana Debusk (7:15), Lindsey Cooke (14:49), Olivia Brooks (16:10) and Debusk once again at the 28:02 mark accounted for all five goals in the first half for the visitors.
The quick onslaught seemed to take some air out of the Lady Cyclones bubble in the half.
However, Elizabethton head coach Bill McClay seemed to have the right words to say at the break that brought calm to his squad and it was a different contest in the second half.
After Brooks scored on a penalty kick directly in front of Heaton at 42:25, the Lady Cyclones controlled the flow of the game from that point as freshman Mollie Johnson made a great run on a ball heading toward the Greeneville goalie and footed the ball just past the goalie who was coming out to contest a shot and the ball found it’s way into the goal at 66:35 left to make it 6-1.
The goalie wasn’t too happy with the score as the Lady Greene Devils have been shutting out the opposition throughout the season.
If that wasn’t enough to frustrate her, the second Lady Cyclone goal coming at 76:37 from freshman Kaiya Simmons had to be devasting as the body language said it all as the Lady Cyclones had hung two goals on the visitors as the final came in at 6-2.
“They are very, very good,” said McClay after the match. “They were just flying at us and that was faster than Morristown West played.
“If you are going to go anywhere in this district, its through Greeneville. I thought our attitude stayed good even though in the first half we got a little bit down. We just lost our attitude.
“We ended up scoring two legitimate goals and those were two good counter-attacking balls,” McClay continued. “We feel pretty good about ourselves tonight. In the second half, we only gave away a penalty kick and that was early and in the last 37 minutes we held them to nothing.”
The next home game for the Lady Cyclones will be on Tuesday immediately following the T.A. Dugger contest. Elizabethton will host Providence Academy beginning at 7:30 pm.