Lady Cougar soccer plays 3 games

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By Stephen Henderson

Candace Freeman uses some fancy foot work to control the ball in Friday’s game against Magna Vista.

It was a busy week for the Patrick County High School Lady Cougar soccer team last week; they played three games, winning one and losing two.

Last Tuesday, the Lady Cougars fell to Bassett 8-0.

Last Wednesday, they traveled to Floyd and lost to the Lady Buffaloes 3-2 in a game shortened by weather.

“We seemed sluggish the first half against Floyd, and the Lady Buffaloes took advantage of that and got three goals the first half,” said Coach Sandra Rakes. “We just couldn’t seem to find the back of the net in the first half in spite of having several good shots,” she added.

“When the second half began, we settled down more and scored two quick goals,” she said.

Taylor Williams scored the first goal on a free kick and Lydia Gunter netted the second goal.

Caitlyn Hardy got three saves in the first half and went out with an injury in the second half. Maya Watson came in and recorded four saves for the rest of the game.

Friday, Patrick County hosted Magna Vista and won 2-0.

Z Cole drove the ball to the goal to score the first goal for the Lady Cougars. Candace Freeman netted the second goal on an assist from Brooke Holt.

“Magna Vista came back more determined in the second half but the Cougars were able to deny them any goals,” Rakes said.

Maya Watson recorded 10 saves for the night.

“I thought the team played really well tonight. We controlled the field the first half of the game and got 14 shots on goal for the half,” Rakes said. “Our passes were good. We stepped to the ball and pressured them more,” she added.

“We won more of the 50/50 balls the second half,” she said. “Defense did a great job in keeping them from the goal, and the forwards were taking a shot every time they got even a little space. We wound up with 28 shots on goal total to their seven,” Rakes said.

The only match the Lady Cougars have this week is today (Wednesday) at Mount Airy, N.C.