MAIDEN â€” The North Lincoln Lady Knights celebrated their first season shutout against Maiden High Schoolâ€™s Lady Blue Devils 4-0 Friday night in Catawba County. The victory is the Lincoln County teamâ€™s second season win, bringing their current overall record to 2-2.
â€œThey played very well,â€ head Lady Knightsâ€™ coach Kelly Barney said. Barney praised her team for both starting and finishing the match with notable ball control and skillful passing, and that was certainly the case Friday night as the Lady Knights quickly gained three consecutive goals in the gameâ€™s first half alone, all obtained by junior forward Kayla Harrison.
â€œWe wanted to get up early (in score), and thatâ€™s what we did,â€ Barney said.
Assistant Lady Knightsâ€™ coach Angie Wilson pointed out that her teamâ€™s high number of successful shots was evidence of their great passing and shooting game.
â€œOur biggest thing was trying to get possession and shots,â€ she said. â€œWe took twice as many shots the second half than in the first.â€
Senior midfielder Melissa Lenentine gained the Lady Knights and additional fourth goal early on in the second half.
The Lady Knights continued to pound out shots even into the gameâ€™s final minutes, shooting a number of corner kicks. They proved they werenâ€™t ready to surrender any match time to the home team.
A notable second-half shot by Maiden at the 21-minute mark had Lady Blue Devil fans crying out in disappointment over the failed attempt on goal. The shot sailed past the front of the net and deflected off the Lady Knightsâ€™ far left goal post before traveling back onto the field. It was the closest that the scoreless team came to putting their mark on the scoreboard.
â€œThey excelled at keeping their composure,â€ Barney said of the Lady Knights. â€œEvery game their shots are improving.â€
North Lincoln hosts Lincoln Charter at 5 p.m. today.