It was a cold rainy night in Waverly as the Lynchburg-Clay Lady Mustangs soccer team took on Minford in a battle to move on to the district finals on Saturday. The Lady Mustangs got past their opponent easily with a final score of 9-0.
Scoring was spread across the team evenly on this Tuesday night game as seven players total were resposible with McKayla Binkley the lone player with more than one.
As the game started, the Binkley twins, Hannah and McKayla, started the game the same way they started the previous one, by scoring the first two goals. Hannah started the game off with a goal at the 32:10 mark and McKayla followed that up with one of her own at 24:04.
Peyton Scott got on the scoring list exactly two minutes later as she found the back of the goal and Angela McLaughlin capped off the first period scoring the fourth goal for the Lady Mustangs with just 38 seconds to spare.
In the second period, the Lynchburg girls continued to stifle the Minford offense and only added to their lead with goals from Shelby Chisman (34:36), McKayla Binkley (31:45), Sam Pierson (17:28), and Taiylor Marcelino (18 seconds). There was also an own goal by Minford to bring the final score to 9-0.
“We love plying on turf,” said Lady Mustangs coach Dennis West after the win. “We are able to play a fast game and we really enjoy it. Our passing was really good tonight and opened up a lot of good opportunities for us.
You always have a fear that when you get to tournament time you might come out and have a flat start or a flat game but we didn’t do that tonight. After we got that first goal, everything kind of fell into place. The best part about tonight is that I was able to get everyone a chance to get in there and if they have nerves, we had a chance to get them in there and break them. That’ll help going forward.”
I also want to compliment [Minford’s] goalkeeper,” West said. “I had her down for twenty-some saves and I don’t give them a save unless it’s online to go in. I told her after the game that her effort tonight was as good a job as we’ve had against us all year. I don’t care how many goals we got. She did a phenomenal job.”
The Lynchburg-Clay girls will now face either Southern Hills Athletic Conference opponent Eastern or Ironton St. Joseph.
“We’re wither going to play someone we’re really familiar with [Eastern] or with someone we’ve seen countless times play in the tournament but never competed against [Ironton St. Joseph],” said West about their next opponent. “We’ll be ready for whoever we play. We’ll come down ready to play Saturday morning.”
That game will take place right back at Waverly High School and will start at 11:00 am.
Reach Robert Stegbauer at 937-393-3456 ext. 1679 or on Twitter @RStegbauer,