For the third straight year, the Lynchburg-Clay Lady Mustangs are division three district champions after a big 5-1 win over a familiar Southern Hills Athletic Conference opponent in Eastern Brown.
Saturday morning marked the fourth time in as many years that the Lady Mustangs have played in the district finals game, and for the past three years, they have won it.
The Lynchburg girls started a little slow in the game but were the first team on the board as Hannah Binkley found the back of the net for the first of her two goals on the day at 32:10 to give her team the 1-0 lead.
Eastern was able to answer 15 minutes later in the game with their own goal and the game was tied at one goal a piece.
It was all Lady Mustangs after that, as their defense was able to shut down any further attempts to score by the Lady Warriors and in the meantime, they added four more goals to their total.
Peyton Scott closed out the first period with a goal just past the keeper and into the far corner of the net with 9:42 to go and it was 2-1 Lynchburg at the half.
It took just five minutes for the Lady Mustangs to tally their third goal of the day when Shelby Chisman kicked one in at the 35:33 mark to make it 3-1. That goal was followed up a mere 58 seconds later when Hannah Binkley collected her second goal and the fourth goal for the team to make it 4-1. And, just as she had closed out the first period, Peyton Scott closed out the game with her second goal in the game to make it 5-1 Lynchburg with 24:04 to play.
“This group of girls has been pretty steady the last three years,” Lady Mustangs coach Dennis West said after the win. “This group of seniors have now been in a district final all four years and won their last three. That sets a real high standard for everyone to follow. The five seniors are some really great workers. They have set some really good goals for the rest of the girls as well as served as really good examples in how they play, how they practice and how they conduct themselves. They have been an outstanding group to coach.
“We know what to expect we you get to this level, so we will be ready for the next match whoever we play. The competition ramps up a little bit and you need to be ready to play your best soccer or that will be the end of your season.
“I’m really pleased with the way the girls played, especially in the second half. I think we kind of wore [Eastern] down a little bit and just really moved the ball well all day long. That wasn’t really a surprise. We have been able to move the ball well all year long, but turf fields make a world of difference for us.”
“Every time we play Eastern, we know it’s going to be a good contest and we really appreciate the effort they put it. I’m just really glad to see us get through this one and move on.”
The Lady Mustangs will now take on either Grandview Heights or Columbus Academy in the regional semi-finals on Tuesday, November 3 at a site that has yet to be determined.
Reach Robert Stegbauer at 937-393-3456 ext. 1679 or on Twitter @RStegbauer.