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.
“Our defense has kept us in every game,” Knipp said. “Starr Caldwell has been great for us. She’s made some big saves and had a lot of shots on her.”
Brown said her team wanted to be aggressive from the start and they showed it by holding East to one goal late in the first half.
“What we’d seen in practice did not reflect with how we were playing,” Brown said. “We started controlling the ball on their side of the field. Once our girls stepped up and decided to take the ball and it was in our style.”
Brown said her team got better even though they did not leave Grayson with a win.
“It just takes experience,” Brown said. “Some of our freshman are starting to read what the upperclassmen are doing. We’re coming together more and playing more as a team. We’re gaining confidence and being more aggressive.”
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