Lady Titans roll to first round win over Saltillo
January 27, 2012Ridgeland High School
In a game where the Lady Titans showed their offensive firepower, it was the defense that posted a most impressive feat.
The defense led by senior keeper Haley Hegwood, senior fullback Madison Walker and junior fullbacks Rhae’Ven Ellis, Allison Bunch and Olivia Travis put up the wall again for the ninth straight game. In the calendar year 2012, the Lady Titans are a perfect 9-0 with zero goals allowed. The last blemish is a lone goal scored by Florence on December 16th. Hegwood posted two shutouts the two games before that.
Tonight would be no different as the Titan defense limited the Saltillo Tigers to two long shots on goal.
The Titan offense, however, would be another story. In the 8th minute, Hanna Harris deflected a pass to Rachel Harris. She played a square pass to junior Mary Ashton Lembo. She blasted a shot from 30 yards out for the first goal.
In the 19th minute, senior Haley Britt sent a crossing pass into the box. A Saltillo defender put a foot on it, but sent it into her own goal.
Four minutes later, junior Rhae’Ven Ellis won a tackle and found Rachel. She played a great through ball to senior LaTesha Fleming. She ran the distance for her first goal of the game.
The second half opened with Fleming’s second goal off passes from Rachel and Lembo.
Senior forward Shannon Locke finally broke the offside’s trap and scored goals in the 51st and 52rd minutes. Assisting those goals were Lembo, Tracie Hobbs and Rachel Harris.
The final goal came off another Rachel Harris pass into space. Britt made two moves on the defender and blasted a shot into the upper right corner.
The win sets up a return trip to New Hope for round two.