Soccer: James Monroe tops East
by By John Conley email@example.com
With nearly three-quarters of its roster made up of first and second-year players, the Wyoming East soccer team is in a learning stage.
“We have a very young team,” said WEHS coach Terri Blake after he club’s 6-2 loss to James Monroe on Thursday evening at New Richmond. “We have 16 girls and 11 of them are freshmen or sophomores.
“We’re improving every game,” she added. “We’ve got to keep working hard.”
The Mavericks scored twice in a five-minute span early in the second half to break a 1-1 tie and take control of the contest.
JM controlled the action for most of the first half, and East junior goalie Laura Sizemore kept her team close by saving several shots on goal.
East missed on one chance from close range, but the Lady Warriors broke through at the 15:36 mark when freshman striker Miranda Blake got it past the JM goalie.
The Mavs tied it up with 10:55 to go and the half ended in a deadlock.
James Monroe took the lead for good with 36:20 on the second half clock and scored again less than three minutes later to make it 3-1.
It was 4-1 when East midifielder Hannah Walls broke free and punched it home from about 10 yards left of the goal with 29:15 showing.
JM answered with a score less than two minutes later and recorded the game’s fial goal at the 10:28 mark.
Blake and her players found positives to take away from the contest.
“Communication has definitely improved,” remarked Holly Pettus, a senior and team captain.
“We never give up, ever,” added Savannah Lusk, the other team captain.
WEHS, now 0-2, will host AAA Greenbrier East on Tuesday.
Photo: Hannah Walls (left) of Wyoming East defends a James Monroe player during Thursday’s match at New Richmond.
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