Lynchburg-Clay High School’s Lady Mustangs traveled to Waverly on Wednesday to take on the Zane Trace Lady Pioneers in a district semi-final soccer match.
The Lady Mustangs controlled the tempo of the match from the opening kick as they rolled to a 4-0 victory to advance to the D III Southeast district final match on Saturday.
Lynchburg-Clay held the Lady Pioneers to only two shots on goal for the game. The Lady Mustangs meanwhile racked up 21 shots and scored four goals.
Junior Riley Creditt opened the scoring for Lynchburg-Clay less than ten minutes into the game to give the Lady Mustangs a lead they would not relinquish. The assist came from junior Savannah Cochran on a nice ball in the box.
Seniors Angela McLaughlin and Peyton Bell connected at the 24:30 mark of the first half as bell made a great pass to McLaughlin for the second goal of the game.
The Lady Pioneer keeper was exceptional during a nearly 16 minute stretch in the first half when she stopped seven consecutive attempts.
Lynchburg-Clay registered their third goal of the night at the 8:54 when Creditt made a nice pass to Scott for the goal.
The Lady Mustangs had 12 shots in the first half compared to none for the Lady Pioneers.
The second half was a battle as the teams clearly wanted to win. The Lady Pioneers’ defense played much better in the second half as they fought for and won some possessions.
The Lady Pioneers were able to put together two solid offensive possessions in the second half that resulted in two excellent scoring opportunities that were turned away by sophomore Serena Smith.
Scott added the final goal at the 9:28 mark of the second half off of an assist from sophomore Kaylee Lunsford to cap the scoring.
Mustangs head coach Dennis West said, “It’s a good feeling to be back in the district finals. This group works hard, we had a really good first half. Zane Trace plays a really good defense, they did a pretty good job on Peyton most of the game.”
“We were forcing the ball inside and that helped their defense a little bit. Their keeper is really a quality keeper and week shots were not going to get past her. We had to do some really nice shooting to get the four in there.”
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