There were few moments the Lady Tigers soccer team wasn’t in control during a cold, windy shutout over Center High School. And, aside from a 20-minute drought in the first half, there were few moments they weren’t scoring. Smith-Cotton piled 10 goals on the Lady Yellowjackets in Thursday’s home opener victory.
In Tuesday’s 2-0 road victory over Moberly, Smith-Cotton head coach Adam Murray said nerves played a part in failing to finish opportunities. Things were different at home.
“We put an emphasis on crossing and finishing I think the girls have done a good job of having composure and putting the ball in the back of the net,” Murray said. “We’re trying to get them comfortable. I think they really calmed down today.”
Jessica Coble found Brianna Pollitt on a counter-attack 10 minutes into the game for the first goal of the evening.
A goal-side pass slipped by the Center goalkeeper and Coble chipped in the second Smith-Cotton goal with 28:47 left in the first half.
More than 25 minutes passed before Coble netted another goal, sliding in front of the net. She completed the hat trick one minute into the second half to make the score 4-0.
Pollitt, left alone with the goalkeeper, scored again with 25:17 to play. Smith-Cotton added a goal off a corner kick and netted their seventh goal within three minutes of each other.
In a match where the goals just kept coming, Murray extracted a point of emphasis for the Lady Tigers’ offense in future practices.
“We’re still trying to work on our shape,” Murray said of Smith-Cotton’s attack formation. “We did it well at times, but it’s something we still need to work on.”
Taylor Beebe joined the scoring party late, scoring the eighth Lady Tigers’ goal in the 78th minute.
Marilyn Ream scored goal No. 9 on an assist by Sarah Garcia. Pollitt assisted Annie Guier in putting the finishing touch on a 10-0 home victory.
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