Pride prove winning ability with win over Clayton

The Leesville women’s soccer team huddles up during halftime. At the half, the Pride had a two goal advantage, beating Clayton 3-1. (Photo courtesy: Ben Zahavi)

On  Friday, April 27, Leesville’s women’s soccer team (16-1-1) played at Hamilton Stadium hoping to continue the momentum made by beating Broughton wednesday and winning the Cap 7 title.

After the Pride suffered their first loss of the season against Millbrook on monday April 23, the Pride’s high scoring win (7-2) against non conference Clayton High School was a testament to their winning ability.

Within the first 4 minutes of the match, Malina Pardo, junior, crossed the ball towards the near post where Lily Peden, junior, was making a curved run. The ball landed into the path of Peden who volleyed it into the side netting. The Pride had an early 1-0 lead.

After 15 minutes, the Pride were able to capitalize again. Pardo dribbled down the right side of the field and passed a hard low ball into Reagan Norvell’s feet. With one subtle touch, Norvell chipped the keeper and the ball bounced into the net.

Four minutes later, Clayton was able to put one on the scoreboard. Christie Campbell, junior, is called for a foul 25 yards outside the box. A Clayton midfielder lofted a ball over the 18 yard box, and it landed in the bottom right corner of the net. The score was now 2-1.

With 20 minutes gone in the first half, Pride scored once again. Malaina Aronson, sophomore, dribbled down the right side and cut toward the middle. She hit a low hard driven ball into the right corner; Clayton’s keeper is able to deflect towards the left side where Hannah Willard, senior, is making a run. Willard taped the ball into the net and the Pride had a two goal advantage once again.

After a few minutes had passed in the second half, Kristen Jensen, senior, was able to get her name on the score sheet. Norvell dribbled down the left wing and cut back, making a quick pass to Jensen. She turned and fired a shot into the opposite post and into the goal.

A minute later and Pride scored another goal. Jordin Mosley, senior, received the ball at the halfway mark and swiftly turns. Using her pace, Mosley beat two players and cut in towards goal — finding herself with a one on one with the Clayton keeper. With a calm head, she passed the ball into the bottom left corner and gave the Pride a 5-1 lead.

Nine minutes into the second half and Norvell put her name on the score sheet once more. Melanie Hupp, sophomore, ran down the field towards the right. She swiftly passed it to Norvell who was sitting at the top of the box. She turned and smashed the ball into the upper right netting of the goal.

With 24 minutes left in the second half, Clayton were able to put one more goal on the board. Clayton’s left winger received the ball down the left side. In one fluid motion, she turned and shot the ball. Catching the keeper off guard, the ball slips through the goalie’s hands and the score was 6-2.

A couple minutes left in the game, defender Hannah Atkinson, senior, was able to nab herself a goal. Hupp ran down the right wing and beat a Clayton defender. She cut in and ran down the goal line. Seeing Atkinson in the box, Hupp passed the ball into the six yard box where Atkinson was making an incoming run. She passed the ball into the bottom left corner making the final score 7-2.

The Pride will play Enloe High School at home at 6 p.m. for their senior night. Check @Lrhsnews on twitter to stay updated on scores.

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