WCHS defeats Stone Memorial in OT shootout
Posted By Sparta Live | October 10, 2013 12:00 am
The Warriorette soccer team wrapped up their regular season in thrilling fashion.
WCHS played host to Stone Memorial in a District 6AAA contest that would decide third place in the regular season standings. The game was also senior night for the Warriorettes. With so much on the line, it was only fitting that a regular 80-minute game would not be enough to decide the outcome.
With the score knotted at one after regulation was completed, the Golden Goal overtime ended in a tie, which brought about a shootout. The Warriorettes won that 3-2 securing the 4-3 victory.
Each team scored one goal in the first half. The Lady Panthers took the lead with a penalty kick in the fourth minute of the game. Fred Demers tied the game at one in the 16th minute of the game. That marked Demers 20th goal of the season for the Warriorettes.
That would be the only goals scored in regulation. The defenses dominated the rest of the first half and all of the second half with each team limiting the other team’s shots on goal in the contest.
After 80 minutes of play, the teams were still locked in a one-all tie forcing a Golden Goal overtime. That consists of two ten-minute periods, but it is sudden death meaning the first goal wins the game. Neither team scored in that 20 minutes of action, which forced the shootout.
Each coach picked five players to take penalty shots. The teams alternated sending their player out for a PK against the opposing goal tender. The team that gets the most goals in that shootout is the winner.
Autumn Ferree took the first shot for the Warriorettes and banked the ball in off the right side for the first WCHS goal. Loretta Beaty and Fred Demers both also scored for WCHS.
Warriorette goalkeeper, Jerrica Swift, saved the first two Stone Memorial attempts allowing WCHS to jump to the 3-0 lead, but the Lady Panthers kept the overtime alive when their third player scored. After a miss by Ally Copeland, Stone Memorial connected for their second goal making the count 3-2 with each team having one player left. Sarah Webb’s goal was stopped. The final Stone Memorial player missed high allowing the Warriorettes to escape with the 3-2 shootout win and the overall 4-3 victory.
Coach Amber Lannom discussed the exciting win for her team, “This was the most closely matched game all season. Stone gave us a fight, but in the end, we fought it out for the win. I think the key was we never gave up. Defense held solid as always by Kaydra and Sarah and everyone gave their all. It is intense, to say the least, going into a sudden death type overtime and then PK’s. I couldn’t be prouder of the girls especially on senior night.”
WCHS honored 10 seniors prior to the start of the game. Those 10 were Kaydra Cash, Sarah Webb, Jerrica Swift, Kaitlyn Heath, AnnaLee Cunningham, Kenzi Smith, Fred Demers, Sharon Young, Loretta Beaty and manager, Kaci Young.
The win gave the Warriorettes (6-7, 3-2) sole possession of third place for the District 6AAA tournament, which starts Monday. The Warriorettes will host sixth place, Cumberland County (0-5) at 6 p.m.