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Despite losing 9-1 to the Kingston Lady Jackets, the Rockwood Lady Tigers broke a long scoreless drought when Shelby Brackett kicked in a goal on a penalty kick for the Lady Tigers.
"We need to get a little stronger in terms of taking over the game,” Kingston head coach Greg Bowman. "I was happy with the nine goals we scored, but I'm not happy with the one we allowed. We just need to play our game better."
"I thought we had a great learning experience today and the girls are tickled to death to have scored their first goal in four years,” Rockwood head coach Jonathan Barter added.
Kingston got off to a sluggish start, but Amanda Riggs scored on a penalty kick for the Lady Jackets to make the score 1-0. Christina Neal made the score 2-0 on an Amanda Riggs assist and then the lead was increased to 3-0 on an Alex Hartley goal with an assist by Neal.
Taylor Whitehead then scored on a corner kick to make the score 4-0, but then on a penalty kick came the biggest goal of Rockwood's season to date when Shelby Brackett scored to make the score 4-1.
Kingston, however, answered quickly as April Parkison increased the lead to 5-1 on an assist by Neal. Allison Klinker added another goal to the lead thanks to an assist by Parkison then Taylor Whitehead scored the last Kingston goal of the first half to make the score 7-1.
To start the second half, Neal zigged and zagged down the field to knock the ball into the net to make the score 8-1.
The final Lady Jackets goal came on an Alex Hartley goal assisted by Amanda Riggs to make the final score 9-1.
Kingston was led in scoring by Neal (2 goals, 2 assists), Whitehead (2 goals) and Hartley (2 goals).
Rockwood was led on offense by Shelby Brackett's one goal.
Neal (4 saves) and Michaela Grubb (2 saves) led the Lady Jackets in goal and Erica Hamby led Rockwood at goalie with 19 saves.
"We had some positive things come out of tonight," Bowman said. "I liked how we finished the game and I liked the fact that our second string got some valuable game experience."
"We need to work on passing and dribbling the ball and take things one step at a time,” Barter added.