OCT. 2, 2013 —
It might have taken one half to get going, but East Carter made it count in the second half.
Macy Dyer and Ashleigh McDowell each had two goals and Madison Dyer and Alex Sturgill each put one in the back of the net as the Lady Raiders blanked West Carter 6-0 in Grayson last Tuesday.
But the way West Carter was playing in the first half, you would not have known. The Lady Comets went into last Tuesday’s game having won seven of their last eight games. They held East scoreless until the 35th minute of the first half when McDowell put the ball just inside the right corner of the net.
“We just did our usual slow out of the gate,” East Carter girls coach Ryan Knipp said. “They kind of got woken up in the first half when Ashleigh scored.”
The Lady Raiders would then go on to score five goals in the first 20 minutes of the second half to put the Lady Comets away to win their sixth game in a row.
Despite the loss, West Carter girls coach Sandra Brown was happy with the way her team played.
“We didn’t have any scrimmages prior to season starting,” Brown said. “In the first game with East, it was the second time our girls were on the field together. With such a large freshman class, It’s taken a while for us to mesh.”
Knipp credits West for outplaying his team in the first half.
“They’ve gotten a lot better as the season went on,” Knipp said. “They’re goalkeeper was very good and she made some big stops in the first half. At the half we talked about what we were doing wrong and we came out on fire in the second half.”
East Carter had only given up seven goals going in to the West Carter game and Knipp said that is the biggest reason they have been so successful this season.