By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor
Sept. 11, 2013 — The East Carter girls soccer team hosted Fleming County Monday night in Grayson.
The Lady Raiders used a strong second half by their veterans, putting six goals in the net to give East a 10-0 victory over the Lady Panthers.
However, it was not the game Coach Ryan Knipp wanted out of his players.
Holding onto a 1-0 lead in the first half (on a Macy Dyer goal), Knipp pulled his starters out of the game because he was not happy with their effort. Instead he put a young group in and was impressed with the way they played. They were tracking down loose balls, playing solid defense and playing the way Knipp wants everyone to play.
“If they play with that much energy I’ll be happy,” Knipp said. “When they try and play hard, that’s all you can ask.”
The second group responded with two goals by freshman Emilee McDowell, one in the 22nd minute and the other just before halftime.
Knipp sent a message to his starters to play more like the second unit and they responded.
Senior Ashleigh McDowell used precision to score two quick goals to start the second half. Dyer would get her second goal just a few minutes after. Taylor Burnett burned the net with a goal. Megan Stickler had back-to-back scores and Dyer completed the hat trick with the mercy goal to end the game.
“It was two completely different teams in the second half,” Knipp said. “I pulled all of the starters and our second 11 played with so much energy and when the starters see that, I think it has to wake them up. We can’t come out like that against good teams in the region.”
Knipp wants to see more effort like that from his starters the whole game and then they’ll be the team that made it to the 16th Region Championship a year ago.
“I was pleased with our entire group and this game was a good chance to get things settled for the rest of the season,” Knipp said.
East Carter hosted undefeated Russell Tuesday night in Grayson. They will host Greenup County next Tuesday.
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