After a series of canceled matches and practices because of weather troubles, the Independence High School girls soccer team finally was able to find a groove on a humid, rain-free Thursday night in Franklin.
The Lady Eagles took advantage and claimed a 5-2 District 12-AAA win at Centennial in just their third match after having three others canceled because of weather woes.
“It’s been so hard to try and get a good groove going at all so this was good for us,” Indy coach David Cordero said. “We even changed formations in the second half and that led to a quick goal as well. That’s vindication for these girls. It shows them, ‘yeah, we have been working.’
“It’s good for them and gives them a little bit of a confidence boost.”
Independence controlled much of the possessions early and outshot Centennial 11-2 in the first half and 22-8 for the match.
The Lady Eagles built a quick 3-0 lead with two goals from Jaylin Counts and another from Maddie Greene.
Counts struck first in the 17th with a low shot on a breakaway. After a shove from behind at the top of the box, Greene rocketed a free kick toward the right post for a 2-0 lead in the 23rd. Just over a minute later, Counts struck again for the 3-0 cushion.
Centennial took advantage of an opening in the 27th to get on the board when Deklan Larring tracked down a booming ball from Riley Baker to make it 3-1.
“We let off the gas on both goals they scored and they took advantage, so we definitely knew we needed to push the game and the girls did a great job of that,” Cordero said. “Constant movement was the key for us.”
The Lady Cougars pulled within one goal when Ava Distefano flipped a cross to a wide open Jenna Drobny on the left side. Drobny’s tally made it 3-2 in the 41st, but Independence recovered quickly, while Centennial was hit with a flurry of cramping players.
Sophia Finol scored back-to-back goals in the 43rd and 44th as the lead swelled back to three goals for the Lady Eagles in a hurry.
“All of our momentum just disappeared when we started having very important people go down with cramps,” Centennial coach Marylynn Williams said. “That just completely killed any forward progress we had and they took advantage.”
Centennial lost three starters early on in the second half because of leg cramps on the humid night.
Centennial keeper Lilli Schmittou kept Indy quiet the rest of the night. She made a diving stop in the 48th by robbing a Finol shot after a deflection in front of the goal. She added another big time save in the 67th on another Greene attempt.
The Lady Cougars, who had to cancel their Tuesday contest against Siegel because of weather, return to action next week at Columbia Central before hosting Franklin in district play next Thursday.
Independence similarly steps out of league play next week against Page for senior night Tuesday before facing Summit later in the week.
“We will try to keep dusting some more of those cobwebs off,” Cordero said.
Franklin 6, Brentwood 4
Margaret and Anna DeFranco scored back-to-back goals late in the second half to power the Lady Admirals past Brentwood in District 12-AAA action Thursday night.
Margaret broke a 4-4 tie in the 65th off a pass from Megan Wroblewski and a minute later assisted on Anna’s tally for the two-goal cushion with under 14 minutes to play.
Franklin opened with goals from Brenna Swiger and Wroblewski in the first eight minutes of play for the early cushion against the short-handed Lady Bruins, who brought up a bunch of junior varsity players to fill in for missing starters.
Brentwood got on the board in the 26th on Logan Brownfield’s first tally of the match before Caroline Young closed the opening 40 minutes with another Franklin goal and a 3-1 cushion at the half.
Hayley Howard scored in the 45th on a header for the Lady Bruins off a corner from Emmy D’Aprile and less than three minutes later Maison Wells brought Brentwood even at 3-3 after a breakaway score.
Franklin’s Eliza Paisley and Brentwood’s Brownfield traded goals in the 58th setting up the DeFranco finishes.
Ravenwood 3, Summit 0
Anna Major, Bella Macaso and Katie Devereaux each scored for the Lady Raptors, who earned a District 12-AAA shutout at Summit Thursday.
Major struck first on an early breakaway with a quick flip from Macaso and Macaso followed with a low kick toward the right post in the 15th for a 2-0 lead.
Devereaux put the finishing touches on the night with her tally on a Sarah Kate Rath corner.
Battle Ground Academy 9, Webb School 0
The scoring frenzy Thursday continued at BGA where the Lady Wildcats bounced back from a 3-0 setback against Pope John Paul II Wednesday by overwhelming their visitors from Bell Buckle for district win.
Sarah May scored three goals and assisted on another to lead BGA, while Sara Evans had three assists and a goal.
Keaton Mitchell’s score on a ball from Eva Schreiber opened the scoring inside the first minute and the BGA barrage surged behind May when she scored all three of her tallies beginning in the 8th. Her third tally in the 16th came off a feed from Colby Davis for a 4-0 lead. Evans followed with another goal two minutes later, Palmer Grace Snead scored in the 28th and Bella Bugg netted a goal on a ball from Maddie Hill to close the first half with a 7-0 Lady Wildcats lead.
Catherine Schreiber found the back of the net in the 42nd and another goal from Mitchell closed the scoring in the 44th.
BGA heads to Franklin Road Academy next on Tuesday with a 5 p.m. kickoff.
Fairview 5, Richland 0
Hannah Miniat recorded a hat trick and the Lady Yellow Jackets raced to a non-conference shutout at home Thursday.
Both Bailey Edgin and Moriah Hutchinson added goals for Fairview, while Lauren Terry dished out three assists.
LilyAnne McElroy made three saves to earn the shutout.
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