Lady Warriors down, but not out vs the #1, #3 and #5 teams
The PCHS Girls Soccer Team (1-3-1) ranked #19 in the first 2011 rankings for the week ending September 3. Their 2010 initial ranking was #6. Ten Class AA and AAA top-20 teams are on the Lady Warriors schedule this year including all of the top seven squads in A/AA.
Complete rankings can be viewed at www.wvsoccer.net.
# 5 Sissonville..................5
The #19 ranked Lady Warriors(1-3-1) and the #5 ranked Class AA Sissonville Indians (4-1-0) met in Beckley on Thursday, September 1. Last year the then #1 ranked Lady Indians scalped the Lady Warriors 3-0.
Sissonville's only loss this season was at Class AAA #1 Hurricane (5-0-0) by one point 3-2. The Indians are an experienced team led by six seniors and six juniors.
The lower ranked Lady Warriors would put a scare into the Lady Indians for most of the first half. Sissonville did manage one goal at the 31:30 mark of the first half for the 1-0 lead, but PCHS would play even until intermission.
It took the Lady Indians a little longer in the second half to score with a goal at 35:01 to go in the game. Junior Lydia Murray, of Sissonville, would earn a hat trick of three goals by game's end plus one assist. Seniors Kesha Harding and Dee Dee Loftis would each score a goal. The final three Indian goals came at 22:41, 14:35 and 10:46 for the 5-0 win.
Pocahontas was held to only two shots-on-goal (senior Erin White and junior Sam Walton). PCHS stats were: keeper saves - 8 (Lorena Rose) and direct kick - 1.
The #19 ranked Lady Warriors (1-4-1) traveled to Princeton September 8 to match up with the #3 ranked Class AA Pikeview Panthers (8-1-0) and the improving PCHS girls played like the best one-win team in the state.
PikeView's one loss was a 1-5 loss at Greenbrier East on August 23.
The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reported "It felt like nothing was going right for PikeView except the score."
Samantha Walton had the only Lady Warrior shot attempt of the first half and was the first player on either team to score.
PikeView hit the crossbar twice and the post once, so PCHS definitely rattled the higher ranked Lady Panthers. PikeView's Hope Nester would tie the match at 1-1 with 4:48 to go when a PCHS defender cleared the ball right to Nester.
"We're working some players into new positions," Coach Kathy White said in an interview with the Bluefield Daily Telegraph about PCHS replacing eight players from last year's squad. "They are still in the process of learning some of the spacing and techniques they need for those positions."
PikeView's Nester scored her second goal after first hitting the crossbar with 26:16 to go. Laura Hill's assist and Nester's speed got by the PCHS defense for the 2-1 PikeView lead. PCHS junior Amy Bennett tied the game at 2-2 with her first goal of the season.
The final goal would be credited to PikeView's Samanth Wood who shot to the front of the net midway through the second half and had it deflected in by a PCHS player. The Panthers held on by the skin of their teeth for the 3-2 win.
#1 Shady Spring...........4
Just after playing the #3 and #5 ranked teams, the Lady Warriors capped a brutal stretch of their schedule on September 10 by entertaining the #1 ranked Shady Spring Lady Tigers (5-2-0) who share first place with Frankfort.
Pocahontas (1-5-1) did not start timid. Five minutes into the match (35:23) Makeia Jonese had a well-timed drop to Clair Mosesso who assisted Walton from 15 yards out for the 1-0 lead.
It would take Shady more than 11 minutes (24:11) to match the early PCHS score as junior Jade Oar got a short shot in a crowd on a rebound in front of our goal for the 1-1 tie. Just under six minutes later (14:50) Lyndsey Barlow would pop the ball over the Shady defense to Walton who crossed the ball left to right to regain the lead 2-1. Barlow twisted her foot and went down with what appeared to be a knee injury and was taken off the field by the Cass Ambulance Squad.
Shady's Oar would get another goal with 10:04 to go in the half that tied the score, 2-2. Shady sophomore Lauren Solock scored a goal on a PCHS error to take the 3-2 lead with 6:15 to go.
The Lady Warriors started the match short on player due to the ACT Test administered at PCHS the day of the game.
The offense of the first half would turn into a standoff in the second half. The only score was a Shady goal from 25 yards out that the PCHS keeper Rose could not stop. Shady returned home with the hard fought 4-2 win.
The PCHS girls began a stretch of five away games with matches at AA James Monroe, AA Bluefield, AAA Nicholas County, AA Liberty Harrison and A Midland Trail.