Lady Owls Soccer travels to Jackson County

September 10, 2020

Submitted by Vivian Schaffers

Thursday  September 3rd, the Lady Owls traveled to Jackson County for their first road game and first district match of the season.  It had rained hard earlier in the day so the pitch was soft but the sun was bright and the air comfortable for game time.  The Lady Owls started staring into the Sun but not much holds this team down.  Just a minute from the opening whistle the ball moved down into the Lady Owl zone where Senior Ashley Bush would pass from the side to Sophomore Brianna Solomon who had placed herself center net and shot while wearing a Lady Devil to put it past the goalkeeper and start the game 1-0.  Both teams took a turn at goals to be denied.  After six minutes Senior Jaynada Wallace passed the ball from the half onto the foot of Eighth grader Kiley Jenkins who would then move up and send a hard shot into the back of the net.  Smith County is now up 2-0. 

The battle was on; and Jackson County tried to find how to get past the SC back line but to no avail. With 23 minutes left on the clock the ball was sent back to the blue zone and found Sophomore Brianna Solomon who took it to the left side and sailed the ball past the keep for her second of the night putting Smith County up 3-0.  The next 10 minutes would see Smith County make many substitutions.  Jackson County would try to to take advantage of the transition but Smith County has depth and the Lady Blue Devils just could not crack the code.  The Lady Owls gave the JC goalkeeper a workout but didn’t quite get the result until the Eighth graders connected.  Kiley Jenkins would shoot the ball up to find Aubrey Felice who was waiting front and center to finish the play by putting the ball past the keep for her first high school goal!  Now we have a score of 4-0  It was a physical match and fun to watch with a minute left in the half Junior McKayla Pace would cross the ball to find Senior Ashley Bush in front of the net and ready to finish it with her first goal!  The half ended 5-0 in favor of Smith County.

The second half was more of the same domination by the Lady Owls.  Jackson County did manage to get into the Owl zone a few times but still wasn’t making it past the Owl defense.  As frustration grew for the Lady Blue Devils the more physical the play.  With 20 minutes on the clock Junior Biz Davis took a corner kick and Sophomore Gracie Green took full advantage taking a beautiful strong shot from a good distance out putting the ball over the heads of those in blue and comfortably into the net. 6-0At this point in the game the Lady Owls side is comprised of the JV team and looking strong.  Jackson County’s only goal would come from a miscommunication of a young bunch.  So with 12 minutes left it was a 6-1 game.  As the second half continued on it was fun to watchthe younger players improve before your eyes just from the confidence that comes with experience.  They were holding their own and showing discipline.With two minutes on the clock Biz Davis took a corner kick which turned into a battle in front of the goal. Ultimately, Freshman Sarah Wright would clean it up by scoring the -final goal of the game.  The action did not stop until the final whistle.  Every Lady Owl saw action and brought home a district win of 7-1 as one team.  Next up Tuesday September 8 Home District Match against Cannon County.  Kickoff is at 6 PM.