Meridian Star


January 12, 2013

Knights rally through weather

MERIDIAN —     Neither light rain nor a sloppy field could stop the West Lauderdale girls soccer team, as the Knights overpowered Newton County 5-0 on the road Friday night.

    Before the game West Lauderdale head coach Alex George told his players they would have to be direct and play off of Newton County mistakes. The Knights would do just that, corralling the Cougars on defense and making the most of scoring opportunities.

    “We got some good ball tonight,” George said. “We served the ball from the outside area into the box. We had some good looks tonight that we were able to finish on.”

    The first of those opportunities came in the game's 13th minute, when West Lauderdale junior Megan Mallette found the ball in the box and buried it in the back of the net to put the Knights up 1-0.

    “Honestly, that first goal was bigger for me than it was the girls,” George said. “Once we got that first goal, I felt we could relax and settle into our game.”

    The Knights would strike again 10 minutes later, when junior Jami Daugherty headed a loose ball into the net.

    “I just really wanted that goal,” Daugherty said. “That was my dream goal to score on a header, and it was there so I just went for it.”

    In the second half, the Knights would continue to maintain possession of the ball and create scoring chances. Three minutes into the the half, the Knights earned a penalty kick after Newton County committed a foul in the box. Sophomore Abbie Pope made the Cougars pay, powering the ball inside the left goalpost to give the Knights a 3-0 lead.

    Mallette would score another goal as would sophomore Lacy Billings as the Knights improved to 9-6-2 on the season and continued momentum heading their final regular season game at home against Northeast Lauderdale on Tuesday.

    “It was a really great game,” Mallette said. “I have a really great team to assist me, and we have been playing really well this year.”

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