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EHS blanks Crockett on Senior Night, 4-0

BY ALLEN LAMOUNTAIN
SPORTS CORRESPONDENT
A sluggish first half in which the only goal scored was an accidental ‘own goal’ by David Crockett’s Emily Reeves became a more cohesive attack in the second half as Elizabethton blanked the Lady Pioneers 4-nil in girls soccer on Monday at Citizens Bank Stadium.
It was also senior night and three Lady Cyclones were recognized at the half. McKendra Norris, Tessa Lamb, and Siana Robey were those senior’s and both Norris and Lamb scored goals in the match with Robey nearly getting a last-second tally.
When asked about scoring on her special night Lamb said, “It was exciting my friends and family were all there and I wanted to do my best. Plus, it was senior night and I love all the support I got.”
For Norris, it may have been extra special since she said, “I am a defender and I don’t get too many chances to score so what they (the team) did for the seniors tonight was really nice. It feels really good.”
The vital statistics on their four years at EHS was Lamb (6 goals, 10 assists), Robey (9 goals, 3 assists), and Norris (3 goals, 3 assists). In their four years, the Cyclones went 36-31 with 218 goals scored and 168 against.
Each intends to attend college next year and seek degrees.
During a first-half scrum in front of the Crockett goal in the 30th minute of play, Reeves chested a ball to freshman goalkeeper Jenna Morrow who saw the ball slip past her to give EHS (7-8 overall) a 1-nil lead.
“There were a lot of distractions today,” Lady Cyclones head coach Bill McClay said. “Senior night and the first day that we had everyone back in school and it’s Monday. But, much better in the second half. We passed the ball, kept the ball but we had trouble with even the most routine stuff in the first half.”
Junior Maddie O’Quinn lit a fire under her squad by blasting a pass from freshman Mollie Johnson past Morrow in the 51st minute to make it a 2-nil match.
Less than a minute later Lamb broke in on the Crockett nets and made it 3-nil with a nifty shot.
“I wanted to get a lot of girls in the game and after we got it together I was able to,” McClay said. “Substituting during the playoffs is always different so I wanted to get as many in as I could.”
The final tally came in the 65th minute and it was a dandy as Norris took a back pass near the 40-yard line from Lamb and let rip with a high arching shot the cleared the bottom of the crossbar and Morrow could not reach it as the ball went cleanly into the net.
The Lady Cyclones play Science Hill’s Junior Varsity team on Thursday at 7:30 pm to get some real game action in before the playoffs begin. The match was supposed to be against University High, but they backed out, and as McClay said, “Science Hill graciously agreed to play after I called them.”

EHS 4-0
David Crockett 0 0 – 0
Elizabethton 1 3 – 4
Scoring summary
First Half
E – Reeves own goal 30:00
Second Half
E – M. O’Quinn (assist Johnson) 51:00
E – Lamb (unassisted) 52:00
E – Norris (assist Lamb) 65:00