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What was expected to be a close game between District 3 A/AA powers Grace Christian Academy and Rockwood turned into a rout Tuesday evening as Wes Ford’s squad was clicking on all cylinders in an 8-0 shellacking of the Lady Rams.
“I’ve seen so much potential in this group,” Ford said following the victory. “We’ve got a lot of individual talent and I knew they can play like this when they play together. I knew we could score tonight, but I was surprised we held them scoreless.”
Ford was surprised basically because he put the task of guarding Grace Christian’s talented sophomore Ali Dunn in the hands of freshman Kaley Legg.
“We knew they had a good team coming back and they had a freshman last year (Dunn) that had a hand in every goal (a 6-1 Grace victory),” Ford said. “We worked hard on how to stop her and Kaley Legg man-marked her the whole game. She did an awesome job of limiting her touches.”
Offensively, Rockwood put the game away with five goals in the first half.
The first goal came in the 10th minute of play when Lexie Hill made a nice move that left a Lady Ram defender standing still before beating the goalkeeper to make the score 1-0. Blayke Kelly had the assist.
The real damage came in the final 20 minutes of the half as the Lady Tigers scored four times.
In the 21st minute, Hill scored again off an assist from Carson Evans. Hill picked up a hat trick nine minutes later when she made a long run down the left side before chipping the ball over the goalkeeper’s head to make the score 3-0.
Carson Evans scored Rockwood’s final two goals of the first half.
The first goal came in the 32nd minute when she made a great move to shake a Lady Ram defender after a pass from Bre Daniels. The second goal came in the 40th minute when she took a pass from Hill and blasted it in the net for a 5-0 advantage.
Any thoughts of a Lady Tiger letdown were put to rest quickly in the second half as Zoie Hill scored off a corner kick in the first minute of play to make the score 6-0.
Rockwood scored off another corner kick seven minutes later when Kelley found the back of the net.
Cisson scored Rockwood’s final goal in the 76th minute to make it 8-0.
Lady Tiger goalkeeper Darian Green made eight saves on the evening.
Rockwood will look to improve on Tuesday’s win when they play in a tournament in Knoxville that started Thursday.
“I’d like to see a repeat of tonight,” Ford said. “We’re going to see a lot of good competition. We’re going to see a lot of bigger schools out of Knoxville and a good team from upper East Tennessee in Chuckey-Doak.”