Lady Cyclones fall to Tribe
Published 5:28 pm Friday, August 26, 2022
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The Elizabethton Lady Cyclones have made a habit of slow starts thus far this season and Thursday night was no different as EHS (0-4 overall) fell to Dobyns-Bennett 4-1 at Citizens Bank Stadium.
“The way we started it has been our pattern against bigger teams,” Lady Cyclones head coach Lauren Meier said. “Then we get out on the field and they shut us down at first and then we start playing faster and getting rid of the ball quicker and we realize that we can play with them. I told them at halftime to forget the scoreboard and let’s win the second half.”
The Lady Indians‘ quick start put the Cyclones in an early hole as sophomore Ava Flanery scored in the second minute of the game and in the 10th minute freshman Carlee Cradic knocked home an errant ball in the penalty area after a corner kick from London Taylor for a 2-nil D-B advantage.
The play was almost totally in the EHS defensive end of the field with very little offensive challenges from the Cyclones in the first half. Freshman Kora Houli scored in the 19th minute for the Tribe and once again in the 25th minute to stake D-B to a four goal lead.
A penalty in the late stages of the half gave EHS a free kick from just outside the penalty area and freshman Izzy Lewis drilled a high shot under the crossbar and past D-B goalkeeper Hannak Frink to get the Cyclones on the scoreboard.
“We came out as if the score was 0-0 in the second half,” Meier said. “We didn’t let them get many significant shots on goal. We have been working in practice on passes with purpose and making some combination plays. I try to stay positive on the sideline because when things aren’t going so well the last thing they need is me yelling at them.”
D-B managed just three shots at EHS goalkeeper Morgan Heaton that she had to field in the second half, but offensive threats never materialized for the Cyclones. One dangerous threat for EHS came on a corner kick from junior Mollie Johnson that Camdyn Garner put a header shot on that went wide and was sent out by the D-B defense.
“Looking at our schedule from here on out I think we have a chance to win some conference games and build some confidence,” Meier said. “I especially want to build the confidence in my bench players because you never know when they will be in the game.”
The Cyclones travel to Bluff City on Tuesday for a conference clash with Sullivan East.
D-B 4 0 – 4
EHS 1 0 – 1
D-B – Flanery (unassisted) 2:00
D-B – Cradic (assist Taylor) 10:00
D-B – Houli (unassisted) 19:00
D-B – Houli (unassisted) 25:00
EHS – Lewis (free kick unassisted) 36:00