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Rain no problem for Lady Jackets

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By Brody Jones

In what was nothing short of, as people in East Tennessee would call, a “gully-warsher”, the Kingston Lady Jackets made it rain soccer goals Tuesday evening against the Scott County Lady Highlanders on senior night in Kingston.

“We had really good ball possession, but we need to work on finishing the games out,” Kingston head coach Greg Bowman said after the game. “Of course, when you score six goals, you’ve obviously done a good job. Our seven seniors and our seven freshmen played really well today as well.” 

It took 23 minutes for the Lady Jackets to get their first goal of the game on a Taylor Whitehead kick assisted by Allison Rich to make the score 1-0 at half-time. 

At the 43-minute mark, Madison Woody scored for Kingston as Alex Hartley had the assist, making the lead 2-0. 

The lead was expanded to 3-0 at the 52 minute mark on unassisted Amanda Riggs goal. Three minutes later, the score was 4-0 following a Hartley goal on an Allyson Klinker assist. 

In the blink of an eye, the score became 5-0 on an unassisted Hartley goal.

Riggs would score the final goal of the contest at the 71 minute mark for the 6-0 win for the Lady Jackets. 

Kingston had 35 shots on goal compared to 7 for Scott County. Hartley (2 goals, 1 assist), Riggs (2 goals), Woody (1 goal), Whitehead (1 goal), Rich and Klinker (1 assist each) played key roles in the win.

“We need to work on finishing games strong,” Coach Bowman emphasized post-game. “But as far as positives go, we moved the ball well, passed the ball well, communicated well, and this team has some really good chemistry.” 

Michaela Grubb (7 saves) also led Kingston in saves.

 Kingston will play Scott High again Monday evening as the Lady Jackets host the Lady Highlanders in the opening round of the District 4-A/AA Tournament.