East Carter soccer got off to a great start.
Coach Tyler Walker took over as head coach of the Lady Raiders and it would appear the staffing change will have no effect on this young team’s success. The Lady Raiders are 2-1-0 at the end of the opening week.
“The first game we exceed my expectations. I knew we were going to play well but we played really, really well,” said Walker.
The team jump started the season with a 10-0 mercy over Menifee County last Monday night. Senior forward Makenzie Burnett led the way with her first hat trick.
Avery Hall and Alyssa Sticker each scored two goals in the season opener. Cathrine Lewis, Kennedy Bowling and Darian Wallace split the remaining three goals.
The Lady Raiders’ second game with Fleming County ended with the score knotted 4-4. Hannah Kelly, who had two assists in the season opener, tallied her first two goals. Burnett and Hall each scored goals and Stickler had the only assist.
Thursday night was the Raiders’ home opener with a doubleheader starting with the girls game at 6 p.m. The Lady Raiders toppled their district opponents, Morgan County, 6-0.
Before Thursday night’s game, Coach Walker said he had hoped that he would see the girls turn over a new leaf and not let Tuesday night’s tie effect their Thursday night’s play. Turn over a new leaf they did.
Their second shut out of the season and the first game back for junior keeper Kaitlyn Conley. Conley was out with a knee injury for the first two games of the season, however, she has been cleared to play and the Lady Raiders couldn’t be more happy to have her back in net.
It was a slow evening for Conley having to make zero saves. She split the net with Jascie Greene who came in to play during the second half. She also saw zero shots on goal. The Lady Raiders played less than three minutes of the first half in the defensive end.
Despite a strong game in the midfield, it took awhile for the Lady Raiders to settle into their offensive play. Burnett scored two goals during the last 15 minute of play before the half.
Burnett ended the first week with seven goals, but she has a long way to go if she wants to break Taylor Hall’s impressive 70 goals from last season.
Avery Hall scored two goals and Bowling scored one to make their home opener a success.
The Raiders followed suit playing Morgan County to a 12-3 game.
Ethan Miller scored an impressive five goals. He returns 27 goals and 16 assists from last season. Miller is a junior this year and has some big shoes to fill. He has been moved into a forward position this season to fill in for Brain McDowell, who graduated last season scoring 27 goals his senior year. The extra touches will definitely give Miller a chance to be a force for the Raiders’ offense.
Garret Halstead returns to play a full season with the Raiders. He scored two goals in the season opener against St. Patrick and tallied two more in Thursday night’s home opener.
The remaining goals during Thursday night’s district match up were scored by Ethan McDowell, Jacopo Valpato, Christain Winter, Shawn Greenhill and Foster Miller.
The Raiders started the season last Tuesday with a big 6-0 win over St. Patrick out of the 10th Region.
The Raiders look forward to another successful season and fourth straight trip to the regional finals.