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Lady Cyclones dominate Sullivan South, Dugger wins as well

BY ALLEN LAMOUNTAIN
SPORTS CORRESPONDENT
Snapping a four-game losing skid and beating a conference foe were the dual missions of the Elizabethton Lady Cyclones soccer team on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Stadium.
Mission accomplished on both agendas as junior Maddie O’Quinn scored a hat trick and EHS took a 9-0 mercy-rule win over Sullivan South.
“We just connected on our passes and played as a team,” O’Quinn said. “And we put some goals in. Tessa (Lamb) made some really good crosses and when she saw we were open got the ball through to the open one. Tonight we put our heads together and played well as a team.”
O’Quinn scored in the 10th minute with an assist from Lamb to make it a 1-nil match and she also scored unassisted goals in the 27th minute and in the 65th minute that made it an 8-nil game.
Kaiya Simmons tallied a goal in the 19th minute for a two-goal EHS lead and O’Quinn’s second goal made it 3-nil at the half.
“We talked about playing a full 80 minutes tonight,” Lady Cyclones head coach Bill McClay said. “Today, especially at halftime, I told them we have to finish this game off.
“We moved the ball side to side and had several shots from 18 yards and further out that went in and that’s good because we were in a good position.
“Our goalkeeper tonight – Cadie Digby – was really nervous. This was her first start in high school at the keeper position and she had some time to think about it.”
The EHS (3-5 overall, 2-1 conference) backline kept everything in front of them so Digby was never challenged with a tough shot and she handled the only two shots the Lady Rebels managed.
The second half showed that the Cyclones wanted a strong finish and they began to fire shots at Rebel goalkeeper Kenzie Wallen from all angles.
Freshman Shayla Orellana opened the second half with a goal in the 47th minute followed by goals from Lamb (50th minute), O’Quinn (65th minute), and freshman Mollie Johnson in the 76th minute.
Senior Siena Robey scored on a penalty kick in the 85th minute and freshman Kaylee Cranford put the finishing touches on a dominating win with two minutes left.
“We had five freshmen start and our strikers are young,” McClay said. “But they are starting to understand that if they make their run sooner that someone will get them the ball. This team really seems to like one another and that’s always good.”
Middle School girls soccer
T.A. Dugger      2
David Crockett 0
After playing to a 0-0 halftime score the Lady Junior Cyclones got goals from Hallie Powell and Isabella Lewis late in the second half to earn a tough victory.
“It was tooth and nail the whole way,” Lady Junior Cyclones head coach Eddie Morrell said. “Crockett is a small team but they are tough.
“They set their defense up at the 15-yard line and made it really tough to get goals. What you end up doing is running around the field for an entire half with nothing to show for it.
“In the second half, we started to figure it out a little bit and started placing the ball where they were not. In the first half, we were passing straight to them.”
Both TAD goals came off miscues in the Crockett backline as they failed to clear a corner kick and Powell fired a low shot past the Lady Pioneer goalkeeper to her right side for a 1-nil lead just two minutes into the second half.
Lewis capped the scoring as once again the Pioneers failed to clear a ball in the penalty area and Lewis split two defenders to beat the keeper once again.