DENVER — Despite torrential downpours and a flooded field, The East Lincoln Lady Mustangs, the Southern Piedmont Conference’s top 2A seed this season, defeated the East Burke Lady Cavaliers 2-0 Tuesday night at David Clark Stadium during a first round match of the 2A state playoffs.
East Burke started the match with ball possession, securing the match’s first attack on goal within the first minute. However, Lady Mustangs’ goalkeeper Macy Kincaid, who’s credited with Tuesday’s shutout, successfully caught the shot.
East Lincoln displayed a great show of passing for fans during the first half and even possessed the ball for a majority of the game.
At minute five, the Lady Cavaliers sent a shot towards Kincaid from the 18-yard line, but it was the Lady Mustangs who obtained a goal shortly later at the 16-minute mark. Junior Alexandria Danese shot the ball high over the goalkeeper, lighting up the scoreboard.
Less than a minute later, East Lincoln celebrated a second team goal from senior Christena Pitsikoulis.
East Burke’s offensive end swiftly carried the ball down field soon after, sending a shot high over the mouth of the goal, striking one of their player’s in the head before the Lady Mustangs’ defense sent the ball bouncing in the opposite direction.
Denese attempted to obtain a second personal goal at the 20-minute mark after shooting just feet in front of her opponent’s net.
Senior Adriene Reavis maintained much aggression throughout the match, battling East Burke players for ball control at numerous times at the midfield mark. The half ended with a free kick from the Lady Mustangs’ star midfielder.
East Lincoln led 2-0 over the visiting Burke County team going into second-half play.
Within seconds of the starting whistle, Reavis took the ball down field and sent a shot toward the Lady Cavaliers’ defending goal.
Mid-way through the half, East Burke gained momentum and speed, breaking through their opponent’s defense to attack the Lady Mustangs’ goal. Kincaid even collided with a Lady Cavalier before bringing the ball to safety.
Reavis continued throughout the second half to pound the visiting team’s goal with hard, high shots. Her teammates mirrored her aggression and maintained a tough offensive end until stormy weather forced referees to call the game at the 29-minute mark.
After waiting nearly 20 minutes for the rain and lightning to let up, authorities decided to name the Lady Mustangs the night’s champion.
Later in the week, East Lincoln (14-6-3) will take on the winner of Chase and Polk County’s playoff match.