Ladyhounds Defeat St. Pat 6-0
August 21, 2014Paris High School
Lady Hounds 6, St. Patrick 0
After a 30 minute delay due to thunder/lightning, the Lady Hounds took the field with just 10 minutes to stretch. Always tough to begin a game like that, as I reminded the players. We typically have pregame warm-up for 40 minutes. Center back Chelsea Parrish, center mid Tiarra Myers and keeper Hunter Harrison (all 3 captains along with Cecilia Blanco, Julietta DeBord and Aylin Alamilla) were instructed to stick to possession until legs were warm. Twelve minutes into the game Jazmin Perez was played a terrific through ball by Tiarra Myers from which Jazmin crossed to assist Gloria Ponce in the Lady Hounds first goal. Play slowed down again to possession. It wasn't until the 35th minute that Chelsea Parrish dribbled from the center back position to their 18 and fired off a nice shot to the right corner, too much pace for the keeper to handle.
Coach Harrison reprimanded the Hounds for being too relaxed and touches sloppy. Senior Chelsea Parrish agreed that we were taking it easy on the opponent. From that, the Lady Hounds took the field and quickly answered with Akhira Umar, sophomore, sprinting and beating the keeper to the ball, tapping it left and then ever so nonchalantly dribbling it across the goal line.
Within minutes Gloria Ponce took the ball to the end line deep in the corner a laid off a perfect pass to the 18 where Julietta DeBord scored her first goal of the season.
65 minutes into the game, and with such composure and determination, sophomore Shelby Bradford shot from outside the box and put one in just over the keeper's fingertips.
Captain Tiarra Myers had 7 shots on goal and each time just shook her head. Not willing to give up she centered herself near the top of the box and Jazmin Perez was able to find her with a near-post cross. Myers had a nice left foot stike and scored her first goal of the season.
Defensively we were able to shut down St. Patrick with Lizzie Preston and Tyra Myers on the outside. The two were able to take away the outside runs and relieve a little pressure from the center. Keeper Hunter Harrison secured the shut-out. Over all the Lady Hounds had a total of 26 shots on goal.resulting in 6 goals from 6 different shooters.
Before leaving the field, the St. Patrick coaches both came to our circle and congratulated the Lady Hounds on their level of play and sportsmanlike conduct. They were most impressed with the development of their game both in knowledge and skill.