Clarksville, TN – The West Creek Lady Coyote soccer team seniors got to celebrate a win on senior night. Junior Breanne Cundiff made a goal in the 70th minute to give the Lady Coyotes a 2-1 win over the Rossview Lady Hawks.
“Senior night was actually supposed to be on Saturday against a much less opponent,“ Lady Coyote’s head coach James Moore said. “When we moved it to tonight, the girls were all excited about it. They were like, now they have done this to us twice. They beat us twice on their senior night so now we are going to do the same to them. That was kind of the mentality going in to tonight. They wanted to return the favor.”It took 70 minutes of aggressive and physical play for the Lady Coyotes to return the favor.
After battling to a 1-1 tie in the first half, the Lady Hawks had out shot the Lady Coyotes 7 to 4 before Cundiff made the game winning goal.
“We went very aggressive from the very beginning,“ Moore said. “We went with a three back system. I was very confident with our three backs in the backline. I knew that they could handle this. That was something we had worked on this week.”
“When we got up first, we knew that we had made the right call going as aggressive as we did tonight. After the second goal went in we changed formation. We dropped some people back and we tried to hold on to that lead the best we could.”
After three straight missed shots by the Lady Hawks, West Creek’s Jayda Johnson streaked toward the Lady Hawks goal with a defender matching her step-for-step. Unable to get enough space to take a shot, Johnson deflected the ball off the defender to set up a corner kick.
Senior Sarah Wagner made the kick from the corner. She placed it perfectly at point-blank range in front of the Lady Hawk’s goal amid a crowd of both teams players. From the ensuing chaos, a first shot emerged and bounced off the side of the goal. Cundiff’s was able to sink a header off the rebound for the score.
Until that score, Lady Hawks sophomore goalkeeper Arianna Millan had made four saves in the second half against the Lady Coyotes pressing attack.
After Cundiff’s score, the Lady Hawks attempted four more shots, one on goal, before the end of the game. Lady Coyote goalkeeper Samantha Rodney weathered the storm with help from her teammates on the backline.
The close game had the fans of both teams in the stands on the edge of their seats, yelling at the field.
“I am very happy with them. I could not be prouder of the team tonight.”
The win improves the Lady Coyotes to 9-5-1, 4-2 in the conference. Next, they will play on the road at the Northwest Lady Vikings.
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