“It was a very good win tonight,” said AHS coach David Huynh. “We dropped some new stuff on them in the first half but I am going to throw that out. In the second half we came out firing. The communication, and the way they read each other without talking, they mesh so well. I love how it is coming together and this is a team that is going to surprise a lot of people.”
As game time approached the wind picked up and temperature dropped but this did not affect the Lady Cougars. They pounced on the Indians at the 29 minute mark when Claire Lynch scored off a sharp pass from Kat Lackey. Six minutes later Lackey beat the Indian defense on her own to make the score 2-0. McEachern did not have a shot on goal for the first 20 minutes of the game.
Really getting their footing at this point the Lady Cougars began pouring on the heat. Brooke Nail hit a goal at 16:58. Then with a minute left Maddie Seese hit a rocket from 30 yards out off a direct kick to make the half time score 4-0 in favor of the Cougars.
In the second half the scoring flood gates opened. Lynch made her second goal at the 37 minute mark. Minutes later they added the seventh goal.
McEachern played with spirit but only managed one shot on goal each half. Alexander finished on the Indians off with goals from Maddie Seese, another from Angel Gray and the 10th goal from Teonna Hawkins with 14:41 left. The mercy rule was invoked against the second Lady Cougar opponent in a row.
The Tigers and Lady Tigers split a pair of matches at Tri-Cities on Tuesday. The DC girls won the opening 3-6A Region contest 7-0. The boys fell in the second match 2-0.
In the girls game, DC came out and took a 3-0 lead in the first half and then pulled away in the second half. Linzsey Platt scored three goals for the Lady Tigers and Kaitlynn Lewis added two. Nejla Dzanic and Kathleen Scherer added a goal apiece.
“They played very well as a team,” said coach Teddy Lee. “They were in control from the beginning.”
The boys struggled to mount any offense in their game, falling in the shutout.
“Tri-Cities had a strong defense and they closed up a lot of our passing lanes,” said DC coach John Cunningham. “We need to work on finding the lanes and moving into them.”
Cunningham was happy with some of the defensive play in the game, most notably from starter Jacob Bivens and bench players Nich Scherer and Chris Isennock.
“Jacob is always strong and always a defensive presence,” said Cunningham.