PUMPKIN CENTER — The East Lincoln Lady Mustangs obtained their second shutout of the week, securing a 2-0 win over the North Lincoln Lady Knights while on the road Thursday.
Both squads showcased an aggressive fight and secured numerous shots on goal, but with East Lincoln’s skillful passing game and quick fakes around defending players, the visiting team snagged two points to celebrate the win.
More than one player on each team even experienced a tumble to the ground during the field battle.
Goals were obtained in the first half, one each scored by center midfielder Tatum Auvil and Margaret Turner, both juniors.
Auvil wowed the crowd with her shot, after she spent several seconds weaving through defenders’ legs to reach the top of the goal box, where she launched the ball high into the net.
Turner embraced fellow players following her surprise goal towards the end of the first half.
Despite the two successful shots, North Lincoln never backed down from setting up goal attacks themselves, with senior Abby Labar collecting multiple shots during the second half, several of which barely skimmed the crossbar.
Her teammates, junior Abi Smith and seniors Brooke Anderson, Sharla Surgierski and Kayla Harrison, continuously transferred the ball from one end of the field to the other in attempts to gain goals.
“We executed some good passes and did not let East get that many shots” Lady Knights head coach Kelly Barney said.
She not only praised senior defender Janet Lopez for keeping tight pressure on East Lincoln’s offensive players but also her squad upfront for pressuring their opponent’s goalkeeper.
“We pressured well in the attacking 3rd and got some good shots off,” she said, “but we just couldn’t finish.”
East Lincoln was also victorious Monday night at home, winning 6-0 against the Lincolnton Lady Wolves.
“East is a tough team, and a very respectful team,” Barney said, “so we like to be able to play well against them. We gave them a very good challenge.”