New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | July 23, 2017

Lady Trojans notch first soccer win holding off West Point 3-2

By Alan Chamberlain | April 6, 2017 10:35 pm
New Kent's Jazmine Berry (9) and Grace Lysek (14) mix it up in front of the West Point goal with the Pointers' Shannon Hayden as they try to track down a Lady Trojan corner kick.Alan Chamberlain photo

New Kent's Jazmine Berry (9) and Grace Lysek (14) mix it up in front of the West Point goal with the Pointers' Shannon Hayden as they try to track down a Lady Trojan corner kick.

Alan Chamberlain photo

Nearing the midpoint of the first half, Taylor Clements’ first goal of the night handed New Kent its first lead. And her second goal, halfway through half number two, proved to be the game winner.

New Kent’s defense, meanwhile, held off West Point’s visiting Pointers the rest of the way Thursday night to preserve the Lady Trojans’ 3-2 triumph, their initial soccer win of the season. The outcome raises the hosts’ record to 1-3.

“I’m very happy with the way it happened,” Lady Trojan coach Steve Grech said after his team reversed its losing skid. “I’m happy for the girls. They’ve been trying so hard to get this first victory. Now we’ve got the monkey off our backs, and hopefully we’ll start winning games for the New Kent girls varsity program.”

By the end, New Kent owned a 21-8 edge in shots, but the hosts got off to a slow start. Just over three minutes in, the Pointers’ Cristin Cade lofted a shot from the left side that sailed over the backpedaling save attempt by keeper Lauren Barney.

“The wind helped it a lot,” Grech said concerning the Pointer score. “But we didn’t give up, and we scored our goals.”

Kristen Taylor’s penalty shot, resulting from a Pointer hand ball violation in the box, knotted the contest at 1-1 with 26 minutes left before halftime. Five minutes later, Clements drove the ball past Pointer defenders for an open shot that eluded keeper Meghan Krom.

The 2-1 edge stood until another hand ball call, this time on the Lady Trojans, set up Lindsay Williams’ penalty shot beyond a diving Barney with just over 23 minutes to go in the second half. The deadlock, however would be short-lived.

Clements outraced defenders for another open score, the one that would prove decisive. Over the final 17-plus minutes, the Lady Trojan defense limited the Pointers to a single shot.

“[Clements] has so much speed,” Grech said. “I told her to keep yourself up top because you’re going to beat defenders with your speed. You could shoot 100 times; if one goes in, it could be the game-winner.”