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Rebels fall to Mustangs 7-0 in SPC play

East Lincoln junior Alexandria Danese (right) and West Lincoln senior forward Lexie Flowers fight for possession on Wednesday.

Reavis scores hat trick for E. Lincoln in shutout win

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

DENVER — The East Lincoln Lady Mustangs secured a 7-0 victory over the West Lincoln Lady Rebels Wednesday night at Denver Clark Stadium.
Lady Mustangs’ head coach Jason Dragoon was surprised to see his team shutout the conference opponent.
“I was kind of shocked by the result,” he said. “I expected West Lincoln to bring a better game. They didn’t play as well as they’re capable of.”
Dragoon pointed out spectacular play by Lady Rebels’ 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 team’s star player Wednesday, scoring four of the team’s seven goals and assisting on two others.
So far this season, Reavis is credited with four assists and eight of the Lady Mustangs’ 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 “overconfident,” Dragoon noted.
“There are some things we can improve on,” he said. “By no means do we think highly of this win.”
In the first half, East Lincoln didn’t waste any time securing their lead over West Lincoln, quickly adding four goals to the scoreboard during the game’s first five minutes. Senior Montana Fenske kicked in a shot within the half’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 Rebels’ goalkeeper Meredith Byers.
Senior Mustang Christena Pitsikoulis obtained the home team’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 Lincoln’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 Rebels’ 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 Mustangs’ sixth and final goal of the half with just eight minutes left to go in the half.
East Lincoln’s prominent play impressed Dragoon.
“We are progressing better than when we started and are a month ahead of schedule compared to last season,” 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 opponent’s net. One shot sailed across the mouth of the goal, but in the final hour, teammates were nowhere to be found, and Childers’ shot proved unsuccessful. Her aggression only escalated as the scoreboard clock ticked away, and East Lincoln’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 Lincoln’s goal, and freshman Addie McAlister filling West Lincoln’s goal.
The Lady Rebels additionally saw aggressive play from junior forward Taylor Sutton, who worked together with Childers to attack the Lady Mustangs’ 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 Mustangs’ sophomore Brielle Matner scored her team’s seventh and final game goal following her team’s free kick in the match’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 team’s next meeting with the Lady Rebels will tell a different story.
“We expect the teams to play better next time we matchup,” 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.

Senior West Lincoln midfielder Katie Childers (right) and East Lincoln’s Lindsay Enochs jostle for the ball.

Images courtesy of Cain Pacheco / Special to LTN

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