Neal scores 6 goals in Lady Jackets victory

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By Brody Jones

The soccer contest between the Kingston Lady Jackets and the Harriman Lady Blue Devils might as well have been a soccer clinic by Kingston's Christina Neal as she scored six goals in a 9-0 triumph over the Lady Devils. 

"We have a lot of work to do in terms of possessing the ball better,” Kingston head coach Greg Bowman said. "It seemed like we had a lot of one-two passes. For example, yesterday against Cumberland County, we had the tendency to get the ball too far in front. We have another game Thursday against Rhea County and we have a tough week ahead of us next week." 

"We're kind of a work in progress right now,” Harriman head coach Lance Scandlyn added. “We don't have a lot of depth and we still have a lot of players in their first or second year ever of soccer. But they do work hard and Kingston's got a really good team and I think they're going give CAK a run for their money this year.” 

The scoring for Kingston started on an Amanda Riggs goal nine minutes in with a Neal assist. Two minutes later, Neal scored her first goal of the evening on an April Parkison assist to make the score 2-0. 

At the 19 minute mark, Neal was at it once again with another goal assisted by April Parkison. Four minutes later, Neal got the hat trick on an Amanda Riggs assist to make the score 4-0 at half-time. 

Three minutes into the second half, Neal had goal number four on a Parkison assist, putting the score at 5-0. 

April Parkison made the game 6-0 two minutes later. 

Three minutes after that, Neal had goal number five on a breakaway goal making the tally 7-0. 

At the 54 minute mark of the game, Neal scored her sixth and final goal on a "Sports Center Top 10 Plays” worthy header into the goal putting the score at 8-0. 

The final Kingston goal came 65 minutes into the contest when Kyra Grubb scored a goal to make the final score 9-0. 

Kingston was led on offense by Neal (6 goals, 1 assist), Amanda Riggs (1 goal, 2 assists), April Parkison (1 goal, 3 assists), and Kyra Grubb (1 goal). 

Makayla Grubb (4 saves) was the winning goalie for the Lady Jackets. 

Harriman was led in defeat by the goal-keeping of Sabrina Pelfrey (16 saves). 

"Well, we scored nine goals today and didn't give up any shots, plus we've now had two straight shutouts." Bowman said.

 "I've got a lot to learn in terms of coaching girls as I've been coaching the boys the past few years and this is my first year with the girls. I've got some really patient girls and parents as well and we've got the pieces to the puzzle there, but we're still learning how to put them together,” Scandlyn added.