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Lady Lions suffer tough 2-1 loss

SoVaNow.com / April 19, 2018
Halifax County Middle School girls soccer suffered a tough 2-1 loss to Ben Franklin Middle Tuesday night.

Lion coach Megan Nipper said, “Having beat them before, I knew they were going to come back with a vengeance against us. The girls were ready for the challenge; however, we had zero subs. One girl was out with an injury and two girls were out due to prior commitments since this was not a scheduled game (it was a rescheduled game).”

In the first half, HC’s Leah Wright had one shot on goal. Fan (Pan Pan) Yang had two shots on goal, scoring one shot. Her shot was from a direct kick that hit the far upper left corner of the goal.

“It was a beautiful shot,” said Nipper.

Alyssa Glasscock had two shots on goal.

Halifax went into halftime leading 1-0.

In the second half, Leah Wright had two shots on goal.

Lauren Cole (goalie) had nine saves. “I am really proud of her. She went after the ball and defended the goal extremely well. Ben Franklin had two corner kicks throughout the game.

“Pan Pan Yang took our two corner kicks throughout the game and all the direct kicks,” said Nipper.

On Monday, the Lady Lions lost on the road to Fieldale-Collinsville, 2-1.

Nipper cited field conditions in her report on the loss.

“The field was much smaller than what the girls were used to and it was still a bit slick from the rain the previous night,” said Nipper.

Halifax players Leah Wright, Fan (Pan Pan) Yang, and Alyssa Glasscock all had shots on goal during the first half.

Goalie Michaella Freshour had two saves in the first half, and the Lions trailed, 1-0 at halftime.

Leah Wright scored the lone goal.

Morgan Crenshaw, Ana Coronado Rumbo, Pan Pan Yang, Cheyenne Francisco, Alyssa Glasscock, and Leah Wright all had shots on goal in the second half.

Morgan Crenshaw and Pan Pan Yang alternated taking corner kicks and direct kicks throughout the game.

Michaella Freshour saved four goals in the second half. Nipper said she was outstanding in the close loss.

“This was a very aggressive game. The girls played strong. The girls were not used to playing on a field this small during games, so some of their kicks were too powerful for this small field.

“I am still very proud of the girls’ effort during the game,” said Nipper.



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