Yankey

Caleb Yankey works his way down the midfield during last week’s win over South Point.

The Raiders stand at 4-2-2 on the season after taking one win and suffering one loss in the last week.

Last Tuesday, East fell to Mason County on the road, 1-0. Both teams battled through the game. East had nine shots on goal, but were unable to finish for a win.

“Both teams played a physical game,” Coach Ben Fritz said. “It played to our advantage, but it comes down to hitting shots and we didn’t do that.”

On Thursday, the Raiders played host to South Point for a 4-0 win.

“We were ready to play and came out to completely control the game from start to finish,” Fritz said. “They had very few opportunities at the goal and we came out with the win.”

Koty Buck and Kasin Burnett shared the shut out at keeper.

East hit the road Tuesday night (after press time) to face 4-2-2 Ashland Blazer.

“This will be the biggest game of the season,” Fritz said in a pre-game interview. “Ashland is a very good team. We have to be ready top play from the very start of the game.”

In East girls’ soccer action, the Lady Raiders took down Mason County Tuesday, 4-1. T.J. Morant and Melissa Langstaff allowed just one goal at keeper.

“We completely controlled the game,” Fritz said. “Our midfield and defense played really well.”

Offensively, East had 18 shots on goal, hitting pay dirt on four.

The Lady Raiders traveled to Scott County on Saturday for the Lady Cardinal Cup. The fell to Franklin County in their first match up, 4-1.

East scored the first goal of the game, but then seemed to relax, which led to the loss.

“We have to keep pushing even when we have the lead,” Fritz said. "If you relax against a team like that they end up putting a lot of shots on goal on you.”

In their second game of the tournament, East took down Pendleton County, 1-0 with a penalty kick.

“It was a hard fought game,” Fritz said. “I didn’t think we played really well, had some individuals step up and make good contribution for us.”

In the semi-final round of the tournament on Sunday, East took out Greenup County with a 5-1 victory.

The Lady Raiders were feeling fatigue from the busy first day, but Fritz rotated his players successfully.

“We really tried to get everyone in the game,” Fritz said. “We were pretty tired so everyone got some action in a live game situation.”

East took Pendleton County down in the final game, 1-0.

On Tuesday, the Lady Raiders traveled to Ashland Blazer (after press time). The Kittens hold the top regional seat with a 9-2 record on the season.

“They have two or three outstanding scorers,” Fritz said in a pre-game interview. “Senior forward Paige Leaver is one of the top scorers in the state. We need to control her and get her foot off the ball as quickly as possible.”

The Lady Raider head to West Carter on Thursday for a 5 p.m. match up. The Lady Comets have just one win this season, and fell to East in their first two contests.

“West is a big rival for us,” Fritz said. “It is homecoming week and the win will be for district seating. We didn’t play them well last time, so hopefully we can pick our game up over there and beat the Comets.”

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