T.A. Dugger falls short in battle with Lady Blazers
BY ALLEN LAMOUNTAIN
In a steady rain the T.A. Dugger Lady Junior Cyclones girls soccer squad took on conference rival Daniel Boone Middle School and for 32 minutes neither team could break through the other team’s defense.
In the 33rd minute, Boone’s Sadie Honeycutt took a pass from midfield, split a pair of TAD defenders, and pushed a shot past Lady Cyclones goalkeeper Amelia Proffitt for the lone goal as TAD fell 1-nil on Thursday evening at Citizens Bank Stadium.
“We had more shots on goal in this game than we have had in all previous games,” Lady Junior Cyclones head coach Eddie Morrell said. “It was one of those nights that we let one get through on us and that was it.
“Unfortunately that one got through to the net. You could tell in the first half how tough we played because Boone couldn’t get the ball past the 30-yard line.”
TAD (2-3) held a 4-2 shots on goal advantage through the first half but the Blazer’s defensive backline was stout and never allowed a clean shot.
The Cyclones had several set pieces on corner kicks that TAD had a solid opportunity to score on but just couldn’t get enough of a toe on the ball to get it past Blazers goalkeeper Anna Wells.
Hallie Powell had a shot blocked at the post by Blazers backline defender Mack Cole and another when Wells sprawled on the ground in front of the net and caught a weak grounder from Powell.
Liahna Nave had a shot in the second half for the Cyclones off a corner kick but she drilled it too high and it sailed over the crossbar.
Boone also had some chances late to add to its lead but Proffitt was up to the task, stopping all three shots by Michaela Frazier – including a free-kick from 17 yards out – that she stopped on a hop.
“Our midfield played well led by eighth-grader Savannah Smith and the rest were sixth and seventh graders,” said Morrell. “Our back three defenders covered the field like a peanut butter sandwich. They ran a five-man backline and we had three back there and they showed their mettle tonight.”
The shots on goal went 6-5 in favor of Boone with the Blazers getting four shots and a goal in the second half to earn the victory.
Daniel Boone M.S. 1-0
DBMS 0 1 – 1
TAD 0 0 – 0
DBMS – Honeycutt (assist Cole) 33:00
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