DENVER â€” The East Lincoln Lady Mustangs secured a 7-0 victory over the West Lincoln Lady Rebels Wednesday night at Denver Clark Stadium.
Lady Mustangsâ€™ head coach Jason Dragoon was surprised to see his team shutout the conference opponent.
â€œI was kind of shocked by the result,â€ he said. â€œI expected West Lincoln to bring a better game. They didnâ€™t play as well as theyâ€™re capable of.â€
Dragoon pointed out spectacular play by Lady Rebelsâ€™ senior Katie Childers. Childers attempted a number of shots on goal throughout the match but was unable to light up the scoreboard.
Despite a recent hamstring injury, senior Adriene Reavis was again the Denver teamâ€™s star player Wednesday, scoring four of the teamâ€™s seven goals and assisting on two others.
So far this season, Reavis is credited with four assists and eight of the Lady Mustangsâ€™ 17 goals and is close to topping her record 24 goals scored last season.
Dragoon was also surprised to see his team produce such a successful number of shots. In spite of two successful matches this week, including a win over North Lincoln, the East Lincoln squad is anything but â€œoverconfident,â€ Dragoon noted.
â€œThere are some things we can improve on,â€ he said. â€œBy no means do we think highly of this win.â€
In the first half, East Lincoln didnâ€™t waste any time securing their lead over West Lincoln, quickly adding four goals to the scoreboard during the gameâ€™s first five minutes. Senior Montana Fenske kicked in a shot within the halfâ€™s opening 30 seconds with an assist from Reavis. At the two-minute mark, Reavis added a goal by sending the ball over the head of senior Lady Rebelsâ€™ goalkeeper Meredith Byers.
Senior Mustang Christena Pitsikoulis obtained the home teamâ€™s third goal less than a minute later. The assist went to Reavis.
At the five-minute mark, Reavis again displayed her unprecedented talent by dribbling up the field and snagging a fourth team goal and a hat trick.
Byers was quick to catch a high shot from her opponent at the 10-minute mark, showing West Lincoln was ready to fight back against East Lincolnâ€™s skilled offense.
The Lady Mustangs gained their fifth goal of the match at minute 17. Junior Dalton Bell kicked in a shot assisted by senior teammate Lindsay Enochs.
Childers had no problem showing fans that she was hungry for a Lady Rebelsâ€™ goal, shooting multiple times during the half but coming up short on each shot.
Byers again celebrated a notable save at the 28-minute mark following an East Lincoln corner kick that sent the ball sailing to her, bouncing off her leg and landing into her hands.
Enochs secured the Lady Mustangsâ€™ sixth and final goal of the half with just eight minutes left to go in the half.
East Lincolnâ€™s prominent play impressed Dragoon.
â€œWe are progressing better than when we started and are a month ahead of schedule compared to last season,â€ he said.
While the Lady Mustangs started second-half play with possession, it was the Lady Rebels who stole the show as Childers racked up shot after shot against her opponentâ€™s net. One shot sailed across the mouth of the goal, but in the final hour, teammates were nowhere to be found, and Childersâ€™ shot proved unsuccessful. Her aggression only escalated as the scoreboard clock ticked away, and East Lincolnâ€™s offensive end grew weaker after second-string players took the field.
Both teams switched out goalkeepers during the half with sophomore Mollie Dallin taking over East Lincolnâ€™s goal, and freshman Addie McAlister filling West Lincolnâ€™s goal.
The Lady Rebels additionally saw aggressive play from junior forward Taylor Sutton, who worked together with Childers to attack the Lady Mustangsâ€™ goal.
The Lady Rebels received two free kicks during the half that had West Lincoln fans frustrated in their seats after both shots sent the ball bouncing off the top goal bar and back to the ground without sinking into the net.
Lady Mustangsâ€™ sophomore Brielle Matner scored her teamâ€™s seventh and final game goal following her teamâ€™s free kick in the matchâ€™s last 10 minutes.
Soon after, referees called offsides on the Lady Rebels during a last attempt on goal.
Minutes later, East Lincoln secured their third season win and second season shutout.
Dragoon has no doubt that his teamâ€™s next meeting with the Lady Rebels will tell a different story.
â€œWe expect the teams to play better next time we matchup,â€ he said.
East Lincoln will host Lake Norman Charter at 6 p.m. Monday. West Lincoln will take on Highland Tech at home at 5 p.m. Tuesday.