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Lady Knights down Maiden

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

MAIDEN — The North Lincoln Lady Knights celebrated their first season shutout against Maiden High School’s Lady Blue Devils 4-0 Friday night in Catawba County. The victory is the Lincoln County team’s second season win, bringing their current overall record to 2-2.
“They played very well,” head Lady Knights’ 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 game’s first half alone, all obtained by junior forward Kayla Harrison.
“We wanted to get up early (in score), and that’s what we did,” Barney said.
Assistant Lady Knights’ coach Angie Wilson pointed out that her team’s high number of successful shots was evidence of their great passing and shooting game.
“Our biggest thing was trying to get possession and shots,” she said. “We took twice as many shots the second half than in the first.”
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 game’s final minutes, shooting a number of corner kicks. They proved they weren’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 Knights’ 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.
“They excelled at keeping their composure,” Barney said of the Lady Knights. “Every game their shots are improving.”
North Lincoln hosts Lincoln Charter at 5 p.m. today.

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