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In what definitely could be called a confidence booster for a young Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats soccer squad, the Lady ‘Cats took a convincing 9-1 victory over the Rockwood Lady Tigers Tuesday night.
“I thought in the first half, we executed well and the second half, we used more as player development,” Oliver Springs head coach Tom Hughes said. “For 10 of our players, this is their first year and we had lots of development tonight.”
“We didn't play the way we should have tonight,” added Rockwood head coach Jonathan Barter added. “It was another learning experience.”
Oliver Springs started things off with a Kira Young goal assisted by Katie Harvey to make the score 1-0. The lead was boosted to 2-0 on a Kayla Lawson goal.
Lawson made the game 3-0 on an assist from Sarah Davis then scored an unassisted goal for the Lady 'Cats to make the score 4-0.
Lawson got the hat trick on a Brittany Armstrong assist to make the score 5-0. Armstrong then the score 6-0 off of a rebounded shot as the first half came to a close.
Rockwood managed to get the first goal of the second half on a Shelby Brackett goal, putting the score at 6-1.
Young drilled in the next goal for the Lady 'Cats to make the score 7-1 with a Katie Harvey assist. Then Harvey, with her lightning speed, scored back-to-back goals within moments of each other to give her a hat trick and make the final score 9-1.
Harvey (3 goals, 2 assists) and Lawson (3 goals) led the Lady 'Cats in scoring with Young (2 goals) also scoring multiple goals. Kayla Crisp (9 saves) and Raichel Snellings (8 saves) led the goal-keeping for the Lady 'Cats.
Shelby Brackett (1 goal) led the scoring for the Lady Tigers and Erica Hamby (17 saves) led the Lady Tigers in goal.
“We did better working the ball the inside crossing to the middle tonight,” Hughes said. “We had really been working on that for a few weeks and it was nice to see that tonight.”
“We have got to do a better job of rushing the goal, we just gave up cross after cross after cross and we can not do that,” Barter added.