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Lady Eagles open season with OT win over Ashe

Jeff Linville jlinville@civitasmedia.com

March 1, 2014

DOBSON — The Lady Eagles opened soccer season with a 3-2 overtime win against Ashe County.


Because of winter sports, several members of the team hadn’t been able to practice with the rest of the girls before Thursday’s match.


Two of those late additions contributed to the three goals, including the game winner from basketball point guard Tess Dockery.


Being that it was a nonconference game, the coaches could have decided not to have overtime and settle for a tie, but Central coach Matt Richardson said he was glad that Ashe wanted to play, too. He liked letting the girls decide matters on the field.


About midway through the overtime period, another basketball player, Sarah Bruce, sent a corner kick toward the goal.


The ball bounced around a little bit, then Tess went after it, the coach said. She was going to the ground and slid, but still managed to put the ball in the back of the net.


Bruce, Dockery, Kelsey Taylor and Brooke Lewis all joined from the basketball team without a single practice. Cheerleader Sophie Williams had a chance to squeeze in a couple of workouts while still cheering and joined the squad full-time this week.


It was a tough playoff loss for those girls on Wednesday, but they bounced right back with a good effort on Thursday, the coach said.


Bruce received an assist on the first goal, sending a corner kick to Victoria Olchowoj, who scored in the 19th minute.


In the 33rd minute, Richardson said Emilee Stanley sent a beautiful pass to Haylee Harrison, who made a great left-footed finish. The score remained 2-0 to the half.


The defense played very well in both halves, and Ashe didn’t get many chances on goal, said the coach.


Still, Ashe managed to score twice off set plays.


About 15 minutes into the second half, the Lady Huskies scored off a free kick. Then about 12 or 13 minutes later, the Huskies had another chance from about the same spot and finished off a scramble from a second free kick.


The ball was spotted just outside the 18-yard box both times, said Richardson.


“I felt like we did outplay them in regulation, but most of the chances they got, they made something out of them,” he said. He added that he will emphasizing breakdowns off set plays in practice so the team is better prepared.


The Eagles actually scored one more time in the overtime period, but the officials missed the call, Richardson said.


With about 10 seconds left, a foul was called on the visiting team about 10 yards outside the box, he said. Bruce spotted the ball, stepped back and launched a powerful kick toward the goal as assistant coach Blake Roth was counting down the seconds, “Five, four , three.”


The ball went in the net, and one official counted it good. But then after a conference, the three officials said they weren’t sure the kick came before the clock hit 0.0, so they waved it off, Richardson said.


The Lady Eagles travel to West Iredell on Tuesday.