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The Kingston Lady Jackets managed to shake off a sluggish start and use a trifecta of goals by Christina Neal to take a 4-0 win Monday afternoon over the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats.
“We have got to start playing our type of game when it comes to our district tournament games coming up,” said Kingston head coach Greg Bowman. “We need to be playing everybody we face at the same level we play the Alcoa's and CAK's of our schedule.”
“Defensively, I thought we played as well as we could,” said Oliver Springs head coach Tom Hughes. “I'm proud of how we played in the first half and really, it was only a matter of time before Kingston's depth kicked in. We played very well in the first half and had one lapse where we over-adjusted a bit, and our mid-fielders played a lot better tonight.”
Kingston had plenty of shot opportunities in the first half, but couldn't kick any in until April Parkison scored on an Amanda Riggs assist at the 30-minute mark of the first half, and that would make the score at halftime 1-0.
The second half was the Christina Neal show for Kingston as Neal pushed the lead to 2-0 on an Alex Hartley assist at the 44-minute mark. At 65 minutes into the contest, Neal scored goal number two on another Hartley assist to push the lead to 3-0. Two minutes later, Neal zigged and zagged past the Lady Cats defenders en route to scoring her third goal of the half, to make the score 4-0, which is what the game would end at.
Kingston had 48 shots on goal while Oliver Springs had 11. Neal (3 goals) and Parkison (1 goal) scored for the Lady Jackets with Michaels Grubb (10 saves) leading Kingston in saves.
Oliver Springs was led in goal by a gutsy effort from Kayla Crisp (32 saves) in the loss.