West Carter soccer is still looking to find themselves.
The Lady Comets felt the heat from Rowan County last Tuesday night.
Not only was it a scorching 87 degrees outside, the Comets struggled to contain fire power from the Lady Vikings’ offense.
“Defensively, we are still trying to find ourselves. We struggle with that,” said West Carter’s Coach Williams Logan.
They fell 7-1 to the Lady Vikings.
Promise Cross netted the first two goals for Rowan County.
“We knew that Cross was a quick runner and they would play through ball and over balls to her. We anticipated that, but we made mistakes and played with the ball a couple times too many,” said Logan.
Cross made a move around the Lady Comets’ center back in the 16th minute and slipped the ball into the lower right-hand corner of the net.
She was denied a header in the 24th minute by the Lady Comets’ keeper but followed up the rebound for her second goal.
Audrey Evans scored the third goal in the 25th minute. Evans and Cross tagged teamed the Lady Comets’ last defender and came out with the ball on a breakaway. Evans powered one into the back of the net.
Faith Cross, Promise’s younger sister, scored the fourth goal before the end of the half. The play started with a cross from the left corner to Loren Carlson. Carlson received the assist by placing a crisp pass to Faith.
The Lady Comets changed some things up going into the second half.
They were able to slow but not stop the Lady Vikings’ rampage. The Lady Vikings’ sisters, Riley and Natalie Peyton, tagged up for two goals in the second half.
Natalie scored with a header on a corner kick from Riley in the 44th minute. Riley followed up her sister’s goal with one of her own assisted by Evans in the 49th minute.
The Lady Comets weren’t void of opportunity.
“We take as many shots as they do; we lack the finishing part,” said Logan. “That is something we are still working on, finishing on the goal.”
The Lady Comets found the back of the net in the 69th minute. Hadley Burchett threw in the ball to Addison Burchett. Burchett dribbled a short-ways down field before making the pass to Kassidy Adams who blasted one past the Lady Vikings keeper.
“It just getting the girls to meet the ball. If we can get them to meet the ball, they can usually handle it pretty well and we can score goals. It’s getting them to get that first touch,” said Logan.
Logan is sure that as his team learns to make those touches they are going to see a lot more success in future games.
“All these new girls who have come in are athletic. They have quite a bit of speed and aren’t afraid to run. It’s just getting touches on the ball. That is what they lack more than anything. The more touches the better they will get,” said Logan.
The Lady Vikings’ last goal was scored by Parker Fouch. Fouch found space in front of the net in the 78th minute.
The Lady Comets bounced back from Tuesday’s loss with a 3-1 win against Morgan County Thursday night.
The weather-shortened game got off to a slow start for the Lady Comets. Morgan County’s Katie Pennington scored first in the 20th minute.
Adams responded by intercepting a throw in from Morgan County’s keeper in the 28th minute to net the Lady Comet’s first goal and tie up the game.
Addison Burchett scored the Lady Comets’ second goal in a similar fashion. She stepped in the way of a drop kick and carried the ball through two defenders for a goal in the 33rd minute.
Hadley Burchett scored the third and final goal. She found space to get off a shot that ricocheted off the Morgan County keeper. The ball slipped past the goal line before the keeper could recover.
The game was ended about five minutes into the second half due to lightning.