Lady Trojans rout TN High
Morristown West’s Shelby Pollock (15) moves the ball upfield against Tennessee High during Thursday’s match at Burke-Toney Stadium.
Morristown West had no trouble putting Tennessee High away Thursday evening at Burke-Toney Stadium. The Lady Trojans soared out to a 3-nil lead, before beating the Lady Vikings 5-1.
For coach Jennifer Murphy, it was the goals that the Lady Trojans didn’t get that concerned her.
“Our touch was off tonight,” Murphy said. “We didn’t play our best soccer, but I have to remind myself that it’s only the second game. We’ll take a 2-0 start to the season and build on it for next week.”
Not that it would have made much of a difference for Morristown West (2-0).
It took the Lady Trojans 17 minutes to get a ball past Tennessee High goalkeeper Maddy Wolfe. When they did, it was a dribbling shot from junior forward Chelsey Lambert that put Morristown West up 1-nil.
Three minutes later the game became the Abigael McGarel show, as the junior scored three consecutive goals over the next 22 minutes, the first coming around the 20th minute in the opening half.
The Lady Trojans took a 2-nil lead into the half.
Barely two minutes into the second half, McGarel knocked a header off a Shelby Pollock corner kick into the right side of the bag.
“One thing we pride ourselves on is corner kicks and indirect kicks,” Murphy said. “We scored twice tonight on corners.”
The Lady Vikings avoided the shutout in the 55th minute.
Sophomore Chloe Arnold capitalized on the only defensive mistake Morristown West made all game, putting a shot past Lady Trojans goalkeeper Erin Murphy. It was the only stumble on the day for Murphy, who managed to snag everything else Tennessee High sent her way.
“She (Murphy) had to pick off a few,” Coach Murphy said. “That’s what she’s there for.”
In the 60th minute McGarel got her third goal, weaving through traffic in front of Tennessee High’s goal to come free and take a loose ball into the net.
While they didn’t show up on the scoreboard, the Lady Trojans got tremendous games from their younger players. Freshman Isabelle Matthews nearly had two goals of her own, barely missing the bar on two breakaways.
Sophomore Sydney Newsome was in front of Tennessee High’s net all day, barely missing the header that McGarel put into the net to open the second half. Sophomore defender Emery Matthews kept her side of the pitch clear most of the afternoon.
“We don’t have a lot of girls and we’re not 100 percent healthy right now,” Murphy said. “We’re struggling with our depth and when we get late into games it’s all about heart. Scoring two goals when you’re already winning the game shows a lot of heart.”
-By Adam Greene, Tribune Correspondent