While the skies were clear about Frank Lorino Park Monday night, the Morristown East unleashed a barrage of shots against Cocke County on the pitch. The Lady Hurricanes overcame a slow start to blast by the Lady Red 8-nil in a match up of former conference rivals.
“We really needed this to build some good momentum and bounce back from Thursday night’s game,” Lady ‘Canes coach Eric Wright said. “They just really fought hard. You could tell at half time they really wanted to win. We were a little slow at the start, but we came out (in the second half) and battled.”
Lady Red keeper Addison Webb opened the game with three saves in the first 11 minutes, but in the 24th, the dam finally broke for Morristown East as Sydne Bane blasted a bulge in the bag for the 1-nil lead.
Webb notched another save in the 28th minute, but two minutes later McKinzie Fishburn scored the first of her two goals on the night.
The Lady Hurricanes went to the break with a 3-nil lead thanks to a goal from Stephany Meza in the 39th minute.
At the second half whistle, Morristown East poured it on, stacking up three goals in a five-minute span. Bane scored in the 50th minute, Meza in the 52nd and Amadea Matorangolo knocked in a shot in the 55th.
“In the first half, we were doing a lot of shots in the air,” Wright said. “I told them to keep them low and they did that and we finished. We’ve been working on our communication and it’s a work in progress.”
Thalia Kyle scored the seventh goal off an assist from Bane in the 64th minute and Aaliyah Flynn cleaned up a Webb block by booting the rebound into the bag in the 75th.
For first-year Cocke County coach Mikayla Gregg, the loss was something her team could grow from.
“We know the Morristown area are good teams,” Gregg said. “They’re frustrated by this, but we need to play teams like this to see how soccer is played. It’s good to see a team like Morristown East get the ball on the ground and switch the field and play to feet. That’s what we can hopefully take away from this.”